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Since Sandy, a storm pattern of costly stumbles in New Jersey
Since Sandy, a storm pattern of costly stumbles in New Jersey

When New Jersey officials were ready to start rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy roared up the Atlantic Coast in October 2012, they were determined not to repeat the mistakes of disasters past. So Richard Constable III, head of the state Department of Community Affairs, flew to New Orleans to meet battle-scarred veterans of Hurricane Katrina. A $10-billion reconstruction program there called Road Home had become notorious for long delays, confusing rules and mishandled applications. Similar complaints were widespread after Hurricane Ike walloped Texas in September 2008, the costliest storm in the state's history, three years after Katrina. Yet New Jersey officials ended up hiring...

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