If you want to find a silver lining in the cloud of destruction left by Hurricane Sandy, you might want to read this story on Politico. The Congressman who now represents Verona, Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, chairs the House Appropriations panel that decides the funds to the group that may be most critical to the recovery at the Jersey shore: the Army Corps of Engineers.
Frelinghuysen is a moderate Republican who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994. His family has provided legislators to Congress since Congress itself was created. More importantly now, perhaps, Frelinghuysen has a good working relationship with Gov. Chris Christie, who said on Saturday that Hurricane Sandy did $29.4 billion in damage to New Jersey.
The damage done to Verona proper was a fraction of that. Township Manager Joe Martin was not ready to release an estimate at the Town Council meeting last week, but said that the town would be working with the Board of Education to present a joint request for reimbursement from FEMA, the federal Emergency Management Agency.
You can read the full article on Frelinghuysen on Politico here.