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Hurricane Sandy Resource Center

As New Jersey recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, families and communities will have many different needs. Below, please find a compilation of the resources that may be most helpful to you and your family. As always, please feel free to contact our office at (856) 435-1247 if we may be of assistance to you.

Protect Yourself from Disaster-Related Scams

The New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs has released information on how residents can protect themselves from disaster-related scams in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Check out their helpful one-page flyer by clicking here, and protect yourself.

Tips on How to File an Insurance Claim

Here are several articles that provide tips on how to file an insurance claim, if your property was damaged by the storm:

CBS video: MoneyWatch editor-at-large Jill Schlesinger walks you through how to file an insurance claim

CBS Moneywatch: 7 Insurance Tips to Deal with Sandy

CNN Money: What to do if Sandy flooded your car

Election Information

We have heard from many individuals who are concerned they will have trouble voting this Election Day because of the damage of the storm.

Opinion: Protecting the wealthy

The Record
July 2, 2012
Lou Greenwald

DEMOCRATS approved legislation to help low-income New Jerseyans needing legal services.

Governor Christie vetoed it.

Democrats approved helping women obtain quality health care.

Governor Christie vetoed it.

Christie’s war on New Jersey’s middle class marches onward. The governor’s mania to protect tax cuts for the mega-rich over providing property tax relief for the middle-class and senior citizens is appalling.

We gave the governor one more chance to help beleaguered homeowners across this state and once again he failed miserably.

Blatant effort to distract

Monday’s speech was a blatant attempt by the governor to distract from his opposition to middle-class New Jerseyans. The governor has made his choice – he will protect the mega-rich to the detriment of middle-class taxpayers.

In his desperation to deliver tax cuts to the wealthy during his audition for the vice presidency, Christie has put his own political ambitions ahead of New Jersey’s middle class. As he spouts distortions and slogans, the governor cannot escape the facts: He keeps protecting huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires while property taxes in New Jersey just keep rising.

Democrats wanted to correct that injustice but the governor simply wants to prolong it.

Democrats are not about to make the same mistake Republicans made with Gov. Christie Whitman and President Bush by passing tax cuts that cannot be paid for and contributed to economic turmoil.

Christie Makes New Appeal for a 10% Income Tax Cut

The New York Times
July 2, 2012
By Kate Zernike

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie called a special session of the Legislature on Monday to argue his case again for a 10 percent income tax cut, saying “the New Jersey comeback” depends on it.

But as with most things the governor does, Democrats viewed his half-hour speech less in terms of what he actually said and more for what it said about his national ambitions, and what some believe are his hopes to be the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

The Democrats, who control the Legislature, noted that they had passed a budget allowing the tax cut Mr. Christie is seeking, if revenue comes in according to his optimistic projections by the end of the year. Even if they had done as the governor asked on Monday and voted right away to approve the cut, they noted, state residents would not be able to claim it until next year, when they file their taxes.

The governor, in his remarks to lawmakers gathered in the Assembly chamber, asked: “What are we waiting for?”

The Senate president, Stephen M. Sweeney, replied in his own remarks: “What’s the drama?”

“What’s the urgency?” Senator Sweeney, a Gloucester County Democrat, said. “There’s urgency to cutting people’s taxes, but we shouldn’t provide tax relief we can’t afford. We’re not going to say, ‘Go ahead and spend the money,’ if we have to make cuts later.”

“It’s ironic,” he added, “that the Democrats are the fiscally responsible ones, and the Republicans want to spend money not knowing whether it’s going to be there.”

Christie's Call for Tax Cut Is Unheeded

The Wall Street Journal
July 2, 2012
By Heather Haddon

TRENTON—Gov. Chris Christie forced lawmakers back to the statehouse Monday and made another pitch for a tax cut, a significant piece of his agenda that Democrats took a firm stand against.

Mr. Christie, a Republican, convoked the special session of the Legislature just three days after signing a $32 billion budget and helping shepherd passage of a landmark overhaul of the teacher tenure system.

Mr. Christie used the opportunity to give a 20-minute speech to lawmakers, recapping his achievements and calling for "bipartisan leadership" in New Jersey that can serve as a contrast with Washington gridlock.

"Washington, D.C., has been paralyzed because people talk at one another not to one another," Mr. Christie said. "Is that really who we aspire to be here in New Jersey?"

Democrats dismissed Mr. Christie's speech as rhetoric meant to appeal to a national audience.

They took no action on Mr. Christie's tax cut proposal, saying they wouldn't cut taxes unless revenue meets the governor's projections later this year.

"This is a YouTube moment, that's all this was," said Senate President Steven Sweeney, a Democrat, referring to Mr. Christie's nationally popular online videos. "This is theater right now."

Mr. Christie has vowed to continue hammering lawmakers this year until they provide a tax cut. Mr. Christie had originally called for a 10% across-the-board income-tax cut, but later agreed with Democrats to provide instead a 10% property-tax credit for households earning up to $400,000.