And that isn’t the only way in which Christie is keeping aid from getting to homeowners who need it. According to a report by WABC’s Jim Hoffer, another pot of federal money delivered to the Garden State to prevent foreclosure has gone largely unused:
Two years ago, New Jersey received $300 million from the federal government to help the unemployed from losing their homes.
The state used that money to create the “Homekeeper Loan” program. [...]
Data Eyewitness News obtained show since 2010, Homekeeper has only approved 498 families for foreclosure assistance, but nearly 2,000 homeowners have been denied help.
In fact, less than $4-million of the $300-million has been spent ranking New Jersey last among 18 recipient states in giving out these emergency foreclosure funds.
Christie blew off Hoffer’s question about the program during a press conference, telling Hoffer “don’t show up once in a blue moon and think you’re going to dominate my press conference.” Watch it:
New Jersey is now second in the country in the percentage of homeowners with seriously delinquent mortgages, trailing only Florida.