2014-07-08T221119Z_1_LYNXMPEA670Z4_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS

New Jersey's storm recovery chief steps down, replaced by deputy

The director of New Jersey’s response to Superstorm Sandy stepped down on Tuesday, almost two years after the storm tore through the state, and was replaced by his deputy, Governor Chris Christie’s office said. Marc Ferzan, who was appointed in the early days of the recovery in 2012, has been criticized for delays in doling out recovery money and accused of allowing politics to interfere with the distribution of funds. In a statement, Christie said that Ferzan served with “great professionalism, effectiveness and with the needs of Sandy survivors always in the front of his mind.” Sandy crashed into the Jersey Shore in late 2012, tearing up beach-front boardwalks and leaving entire towns with extensive flooding and storm damage. Christie’s initial response, especially his public embrace of President Barack Obama in the days leading up to the Democratic president’s re-election, was widely lauded, and the governor himself cruised to re-election the following year.

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