Pallone Criticizes FEMA Response to Temporary Housing Needs for Sandy Victims

This is what a great congressman does. And in case anyone is keeping score, Frank Pallone is the last of the NJ Shore Congressmen and is the only member of our congressional  delegation to live in a coastal town.


Pallone Appeal to FEMA Administrator Answered: Agency to Deploy Temporary Housing Beginning Monday

Dec 6, 2012 Issues: New Jersey

LONG BRANCH, NJ-Following an afternoon conference call with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released a statement today voicing his concern over the agency’s response to the housing and humanitarian crisis still impacting thousands of New Jersey residents.

The following are his comments:

“I was disturbed to learn of FEMA’s altered plans to provide temporary housing to hurricane Sandy victims.  In the immediate aftermath of the storm I like most New Jerseyans, took solace in FEMA’s promises of housing assistance to those whose homes were badly damaged or destroyed by the hurricane.  I believed that FEMA would honor its commitments to ensure that people who lost their homes would be furnished with temporary alternative housing like trailers or mobile homes as we have seen after similar disasters throughout the nation.

“Unfortunately, I am far less confident in FEMA’s willingness to assist our community in light of a conference call I participated in today with agency representatives.  I was told that, rather than maintaining their earlier commitment to provide adequate temporary housing to towns for those seeking to stay on their own property, FEMA is no longer planning on providing mobile homes and trailers.  Instead, the agency suggests that New Jerseyans make accommodations on their own if they choose to stay on their property and in their communities.  The agency suggested that residents use their FEMA vouchers and to contribute to the cost of acquiring and renting RVs, mobile homes and trailers from as far away as Pennsylvania.

“In short, it is outrageous that there is not enough housing available for Sandy victims and even more confounding that FEMA is suggesting that housing stocks are adequate.  I find it concerning that FEMA’s statements on today’s conference call directly contradicted their tone from earlier on in the Sandy crisis.  For Sandy victims, the stress of rebuilding and or rehabilitating their homes has been unfathomable.  People are still struggling more that a month after the storm and trying to regain any sense of normalcy possible to get their lives back on track.  The last thing they need is to worry that the deck is even further stacked against them as a result of FEMA’s unwillingness to provide temporary housing.

“It is vital to the survival of our communities that our neighbors stay together, our kids stay in their schools and we rebuild our towns, public facilities and infrastructure swiftly and thoughtfully and we need FEMA to help us in that pursuit.

“I urge FEMA to utilize their available resources and distribute as many mobile home units as possible to New Jersey’s affected areas.  People are running out of resources and patience and it is time that FEMA fulfills its commitments and comes through on its promise of assistance to our area.”



Ray Zaccaro


Pallone Criticizes FEMA Response to Temporary Housing Needs for Sandy Victims

Comments (5)

  1. zi985

    @JackHarris–there are actually 2 NJ shore congressmen left, Frank Pallone of Long Brach, NJ in Monmouth County and Frank LoBiondo of Ventnor City, NJ in Atlantic County

  2. zi985

    Frank LoBiondo lives two blocks away from the actual Jersey shore in Ventnor City so I think he could be considered a “NJ Shore Congressman”.  The new 2nd Congressional District that LoBiondo will represent for the next two years stretches from Cape May to Barnegat Light so I don’t see how representing essentially half of the Jersey shore and living on it doesn’t constitute being a “NJ Shore Congressman”.  I have many, many issues with Congressman LoBiondo’s positions but he’s as close to a moderate, environmentalist Republican as you can get these days and I think he could rightfully be considered a “NJ Shore Congressman”.  

    Let me be clear, though: Congressman Pallone has been a dedicated Shore Representative well before and certainly after Hurricane Sandy hit and he’s the closest thing to a NJ Shore federal ambassador that NJ will likely ever have.  One only needs to check his constant Facebook statuses to see that he’s everywhere all the time throughout the 6th District.

  3. JackHarris (Post author)
  4. JackHarris (Post author)

    and his prior elective service before Congress was entirely within Cumberland County and his family’s business was in Bridgton, you’ll pardon me if I’m confused.

    And being a NJ Shore Congressman isn’t merely a matter of a precise address. It’s about being a fierce advocate for the lands, waters, people and communities of the NJ Shore.

    Pallone has been that advocate since his days on the Long Branch City Council.

    You also have to look the shape and area of the NJ congressional districts to see which way advocacy for the NJ coast is going.  

    Pallone’s district is essentially Middlesex County based now and LoBiondo’s is essentially a South Jersey district, not a coastal district. Same goes for Runyan’s district even though he has a big chunk of Ocean County.

  5. JackHarris (Post author)

    I’m not arguing that there isn’t a significant swath of coastal communities in NJ-02 but it’s not as coastal oriented as it should be.

    For NJ-02 to be a truly coastal district it should include all of Ocean plus Cumberland, Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

    NJ-06 kinda of works because it flows down the Raritan River through the Bayshore and down to Belmar.

    But it would be a better coastal-oriented district if it included all of Monmouth County, or even just extended down to the Manasquan River and picked up everyone in Monmouth East of 35, including Red Bank.

    It’d be a more competitive district, but that’s not a bad thing.  


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