After 'down payment' on Sandy aid package, N.J. congressman vows to continue fight
January 4, 2013By Katie Colaneri
Congress has passed what some are calling a "down payment" on a $60 billion Sandy relief package. But for New Jersey lawmakers, the fight continues.
The $9.7 billion approved by the new Congress Friday will replenish the National Flood Insurance Program, which was in danger of running dry.
Congressman Frank LoBiondo says it's a big deal for Sandy victims who've been in limbo waiting for insurance payouts.
"There are something in excess of a hundred thousand flood insurance claims that are necessary to be paid. It's the obligation and promise of the federal government," LoBiondo.
LoBiondo has about 10 days to get new members of Congress on board to pass the lion's share of the aid package. He says he's somewhat optimistic.
But after fighting with fellow Republicans in the House, including Speaker John Boehner, he's not relaxing until that bill is passed.
The vote follows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's public rebuke of Boehner for delaying a vote on the aid package earlier this week.