Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund

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The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund was a relief fund created by Mary Pat Christie, the wife of Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the major storm that devastated coastal communities in New Jersey in October/November 2012.

Mary Pat Christie responded by taking a 3-month leave of absence form her job to set up and run the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.[1] She enlisted U2 singer Bono and New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen to help with fundraising.[1][2]

Mary Pat recruited a board of directors with significant experience in disaster-relief, among them Chief Financial Officer, Anita Bhatt, who served as CFO for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, established after the 2010 earthquake.[3]

The fund raised and distributed over $40 million in the two years following the storm, primarily helping New Jersey residents to rebuild their homes.[4][5] as well as to assist small business owners hit by the storm.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Young, Elise (21 March 2013). "Mary Pat Christie Juggles Roles as Political Facilitator". Bloomberg. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Haddon, Heather (10 December 2012). "Christie's Wife Taps Her Contacts for Sandy Charity". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  3. ^ Nahmias, Laura (9 December 2013). "N.Y. Sandy Fund Scrutinized". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  4. ^ O'Neill, Erin (18 August 2014). "How Mary Pat Christie's Sandy relief fund has spent nearly $33.8M in donations". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  5. ^ O'Neill, Erin (3 March 2014). "Mary Pat Christie's Sandy relief fund to hand out $5M in grants". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 14 December 2015.

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