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Sandy family 'lost in system' gets help

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Governor Christie has a reputation for being a straight shooter.  At a town hall meeting last month, he may have met his match in 3-year-old Hurricane Sandy victim Nicole Mariano - who confronted him point blank about Hurricane Sandy relief money.

Mariano asked the governor, "Will you fix my house it's still broken?"

Christie replied, "I'm going to have someone and have someone talk to your mom and see if we can get your house all fixed up, OK?"

Chasing New Jersey visited Nicole and her family in Leonardo, N.J.  They're still living in an uninsulated RV next to their ruined house. They've been in the trailer since the storm hit.

Kelly Brier gave a tour of the house she and her husband gutted themselves after the it took in 4-feet of water during the storm. She says they lost almost everything.

"Anything wood was thrown out, anything was metal that was metal was rusted, you opened the silverware drawer and there was sludge in it, we had fish in our crawl space," Brier says.

The only room that was somewhat intact was Nicole's old room that she can't live in.

Chasing New Jersey got in touch with the governor's office right away and by the end of the day had some good news...

Lisa Ryan of the Department of Community Affairs says the family is now scheduled to sign a six-figure grant to repair their house.

The family was not aware of the progress until alerted by Chasing New Jersey.

"I'm optimistic we'll be moving along as fast as possible and I have my fingers and toes crossed that we'll be moving back in by the end of the summer," Brier says.

Brier says she wanted to thank Gov. Christie for calling attention to their plight.

"We just got lost in the system and I think he poked at it and said, 'They're lost in the system, un-lose them' and I appreciate that a lot," Brier says.

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