Latino Action Network: Christie failed Latino families after Superstorm Sandy
October 8th, 2013
08:54 PM ET
1 year ago

Latino Action Network: Christie failed Latino families after Superstorm Sandy

(CNN) – The Latino Action Network filed a legal complaint Tuesday, claiming the Christie administration failed to provide equal access to information to Latinos affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The state website created to offer assistance programs to New Jersey residents provided incorrect deadlines and hours of operations in Spanish, according to a press release from the network.

Renewjerseystronger.org also had an appeals process for grant denial in English, but not in Spanish, the release says.

The Spanish version is accessible through a tab on the English website. According to the release, some information was not accurate or updated on the Spanish version.

The complaint says that the state’s program, which provides grants of up to $150,000 to rebuild homes damaged by Sandy failed to “provide critical and legally mandated documents, forms and other information to Spanish speakers,” the official complaint says.

Information regarding dates and times of local housing resource offices and application deadlines was available in English but not in Spanish, the complaint says.

In response, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs said, “We are working hard to accommodate our Spanish-speaking residents who have been trying to access the many programs available for those impacted by Sandy.”

“We are looking into the issues raised by this group, and if there are areas that need to be addressed, we will take action immediately,” said Lisa M. Ryan, director of strategic communications for the department.

The election for governor is less than a month away, and the Latino Action Network officially endorsed Gov. Chris Christie’s Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, on its Facebook page in May.

“Governor Christie is responsible for violating the basic civil rights of thousands of New Jersey residents already struggling to rebuild,” Frank Argote-Freyre, president of the Latino Action Network, said in the release.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Latinos • Superstorm Sandy
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Hey GOP, How's that Latino outreach working for you?

    October 8, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Richard Long

    A politician lied to you to pander for latio votes?
    SURPRISE!!! Get used to it because Obama has a bucket full of surprises for you.

    October 8, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. boungiorno

    wow interesting enough we all would be surprised if these articles are factual

    October 8, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. jt

    Excuse me for being insensitive, if that is how this comes across, but, when I came to the US, I learned English. My 6 year old daughter can speak my native language and English. Isn't non-English texts more or less a convienence, or is there some applicable law? Maybe I mean, if we are trying to be like Canada and have 2 national languages....

    October 8, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Still calling it a Superstorm? Nothing more than a hurricane.

    October 8, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  6. simplyput

    Where is the lawsuit from Spanish only speakers because the ACA is not ready for them for weeks to come? Such incredible hypocrisy .

    October 8, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Hello Latinos..... He IS a republican..... Don't let the smooth taste fool ya.q

    October 8, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. Independent in Illinois

    I'm not Gov. Christie's biggest fan, but I do take offense to the people that insist that the Spanish language be catered to in America. America is an English speaking country & they should make the effort to learn the language. We shouldn't have to cater to a foreign language in our own country. From what I've seen & read, Gov. Christie ran himself ragged trying to rebuild New Jersey after Sandy, despite having to deal with the political crapfest in Washington. The last thing he should need to worry about is making sure a foreign language is catered to. If you really want to help Latinos, make them learn English & stop expecting that English speaking Americans should cater to them. I'm just pointing out fact & not trying to sound racist, but Latinos are the only people that make the minimal of effort to learn English. I have zero sympathy for them if they can't read, write, or speak basic English.

    October 9, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  9. Thomas

    He doesn't care about the latino vote .

    October 9, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  10. Rob

    If they are here, they should be required to speak English. If we were in their country there wouldn't be English translations.

    October 9, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  11. Marie MD

    He's a repug bully! He fails everybody and anybody not rich.
    He can only carry the Sandy Hurricane across the aisle for money for NJ so far. He has a lot of skeletons in his closets and he might not be as well liked by his own contituents.

    October 9, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |