At an event in Union Beach today, Governor Chris Christie blasted the National Flood Insurance Program for the work, or lack of work, it has done since Superstorm Sandy.

Governor Christie attends a Mobile Cabinet event in Union Beach (Townsquare Media)

The Governor requested assistance from New Jersey's congressional delegation to break down barriers at the federal level so residents who timely paid their insurance premiums can be promptly paid for their covered losses. Christie said only 30 percent of flood claims have been closed since the storm, while nearly 80 percent of other claims have been handled.

"Our local insurance companies have been doing a great job of settling and moving these claims very quickly," the Governor said. "The National Flood Insurance plan has stunk."

Christie said homeowners need to know how much money they are going to receive so they can begin the rebuild or repair process. The state and charities need to know as well, said Christie, so they know how much to award in grants.

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