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Federal officials approve NJ's plans for $1.8B in grants to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy

FILE - In a Thursday, March 21, 2013 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to a large gathering in Manasquan, N.J., during a town hall meeting. Christie said Monday, April 29, 2013 that President Barack Obama "has kept every promise he's made" about helping the state recover from Superstorm Sandy. Speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program on the 6-month anniversary of the deadly storm, the Republican governor said presidential politics were the last thing on his mind as he toured storm-devastated areas with Obama last fall. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)The Associated Press

Federal officials have approved New Jersey's plans to spend $1.8 billion in grants to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan made the announcement Monday with Gov. Chris Christie in Highlands, six months after the storm struck.

Sandy destroyed about 360,000 homes or apartment units in New Jersey.

Congress approved more than $60 billion in Sandy relief funds, most of it for New Jersey and New York, despite opposition from many congressional Republicans who wanted to spend less.

Earlier, speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, Christie said President Barack Obama "has kept every promise he's made" about helping the state recover from Sandy.