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.
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Heat and humidity/ Code Orage Ozone Alert. Dangerous rip current risk remains down the shore.
Wednesday is a typical hot and humid summer day with high tempertures in the low 90s. A cold front will pass by Wednesday night bringing a few showers and the return to cooler temps and less humid air by Thursday.
The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.