AVON, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and a shore community will receive more than $53 million in federal reimbursement for the cost of removing debris from waterways after Superstorm Sandy.
The DEP will get more than $51 million in public assistance grants, while the borough of Avon gets $2.3 million.
The state hired contractors to remove cars, vessels, buildings, docks, boardwalks, furniture and other debris from waterways stretching from Bergen County to Cape May, and in areas of the Delaware Bay. The state says 85 percent of the debris has been removed.
Avon's money will be used to help pay the cost of rebuilding the boardwalk and seawall.
The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City says it will close on Jan. 13, reducing the number of casinos in the struggling gambling resort to 11. It will be the first Atlantic City casino to close since the Sands shut down in 2006 to make way for a new casino project that never got built.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday downplayed the closing of two approach lanes to the George Washington Bridge that prompted state and federal investigations and forced the resignation of his top two deputies at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.