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New Jersey Gov. Christie: NFIP “A Disgrace”

During a briefing at Union Beach, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) handling of claims has been “a disgrace” as it handles Superstorm Sandy claims too slowly...
February 13, 2013

During a briefing at Union Beach, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) handling of claims has been “a disgrace” as it handles Superstorm Sandy claims too slowly. About 70 percent of cases following the storm remain unresolved three months after the disaster, he said. Christie cited excessive paperwork, inadequate staffing, cumbersome audits and the threat of financial penalties to carriers and adjusters as obstacles to quick claims resolution and the issuance of payments.

“I’ve been as patient as I’m going to be with the National Flood Insurance Program,” Christie said. “They need to get more people into New Jersey. They need to get to work. They need to get to processing these things. People need to know how much money they’re going to have.”

Christie asked New Jersey’s congressional delegation to pressure the Federal Emergency Management Agency to improve the NFIP’s performance, and he said the State Department of Banking and Insurance will begin requiring private insurers to respond within five days, down from 15 business days, to Sandy-related complaints filed with the state.

Christie: NFIP ‘A Disgrace’ (USA Today 2/5/13)

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