Press of Atlantic City

N.J. Small Businesses Say Sandy Grants Don't Add Up

Press of Atlantic City — Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Associated Press

TRENTON — A group of small business owners is the latest to chime in with criticism of how New Jersey is awarding federal money to help recover from Superstorm Sandy.

New Jersey Citizen Action says the state has awarded only $12.5 million in grants through the Stronger NJ program for small businesses. It's calling on the state to make awards by May 1.

The fund originally had $260 million, but $160 million of it was moved last year to beef up a housing rebuilding program with high demand.

But business owners on a conference call Wednesday organized by Citizen Action say applications have been mishandled and that they are struggling to survive.

A spokesman for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, which runs the program, did not immediately return a call Wednesday.

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