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Tue Feb 4, 2014, 02:49 PM


"It’s a small world"

It’s a small world
You may have come across the name Anthony Marchetta recently.

Marchetta, executive director of the state Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, was quoted in The Star-Ledger defending the Christie administration’s distribution of Sandy aid to a project that was touted as a way to help seniors remain in Belleville, which suffered relatively little damage.

But The Auditor only recently learned about Marchetta’s connection to the Christie administration. As it turns out, he’s the father of Mary O’Dowd, the state’s health commissioner, who’s married to Kevin O’Dowd, the governor’s chief of staff turned nominee for attorney general.

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Please add to the politically connected Marchetta family, Anthony Marchetta's son Russell. The city of New Brunswick's spokeman where 4.8 million Sandy dollars were steered into a town that suffered less damage than Belleville. Hmmmmm.....

$4.8 million in Sandy relief funds went to help build New Brunswick apartment complex
Only 48 of the 238 apartment units in the New Brunswick apartment building will be classified as affordable housing, the report said. The building will have 8,000 square feet of retail space, a parking deck and a fitness center, the developer, a firm called Boraie, told NBC.

Furthermore, New Brunswick suffered relatively little damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the report said. A Rutgers University study ranked New Brunswick 188th on a list of communities that suffered the most damage from Sandy.

$4.8 mil is conveniently just below the $5 mil cutoff for legal monitoring for the justification of Sandy funds.

This also smells bad and should be added to the list of scrutinizing the use of Sandy funds.

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