By ANGELA DELLI SANTI
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is defending his decision to use Superstorm Sandy recovery money to help rebuild businesses burned by a boardwalk fire last week.
The Republican said Wednesday boardwalk-area businesses in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights are entitled to the federal money because Sandy was cited as a contributing cause of the fire. He says roughly 50 businesses destroyed or damaged by the fire but unaffected by last October's superstorm are eligible for aid.
Investigators blamed the superstorm for damaging electrical wiring that touched off the four-block fire.
Christie says the federal money is intended to restore businesses in communities hit hardest by the storm. He has pledged $15 million to help rebuild burned businesses.
The recovery money also will pay for debris removal.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The rest of the holiday weekend continues to look warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increase late Sunday and Labor Day.
The heat and humidity will continue to expand Sunday into Labor Day. There is a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms both day. Best chance will be in the afternoon and evening.
Sunday (88/69): Clouds/Storm
Monday (90/71): Clouds/Storm
Tuesday (92/72): Clouds/Storm
Police release surveillance video of a man being shot and robbed of $70,000 in the parking lot of a supermarket in Northeast Philadelphia.
Authorities say a teenager drowned while reportedly trying to retrieve a soccer ball from a recreational reservoir in southeastern Pennsylvania.
A woman has died after being hit by three cars in Philadelphia's Logan section. Police say two of the vehicles drove off, and they're still searching for one of them.