STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — Gov. Chris Christie will hold his 100th town hall meeting today at St. Mary of the Pines Parish Center and local officials are preparing for an influx of county residents with Hurricane Sandy concerns.
The parish gymnasium holds 500 people, township Fire Official Heidi Michel said Monday afternoon, and preparations are beginning to accommodate the large amount of people that are expected to attend, Michel said.
The location was chosen by Christie’s office, Mayor John Spodofora said.
Township officials have said they are certain that the topic of conversation will be Hurricane Sandy, as municipalities in southern Ocean County continue to recover from the storm.
Spodofora said there are already mayors from surrounding towns that are contacting the township to attend today, including Long Beach Island municipalities, Barnegat Township, Little Egg Harbor Township and Tuckerton. All of these towns were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The mayor’s office is keeping a list of other towns that have expressed interest in come to the meeting, Spodofora said.
“I am going to give list to the governor of some of the people who need to be recognized for what they did to help during the storm and a list of anticipated questions from township residents, which mainly consist of Hurricane Sandy questions,” Spodofora said.
Some of those questions include concerns about the increased cost of living post-storm, problems with insurance companies and reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“People are calling every day to the township with these concerns. Between all of these emails and phones calls, people are just looking for answers,” he said.
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