- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is touting some successes in a buyout program targeting homeowners flooded by Superstorm Sandy.

Christie was in Middlesex County Thursday afternoon for another in his series of town hall meetings.

Christie says the state has made offers to purchase 265 homes in Sayreville and neighboring South River from willing sellers. So far, 175 have accepted.

Christie says the program is allowing some families to start over.

Repeatedly flooded homes are eligible for the voluntary buyouts. Once sales are finalized, the state razes the homes and returns the land to its natural state.

Demolition of four homes occurred last month.

The administration has $300 million in federal storm recovery money to fund the program.

Additional money for buyouts is likely when New Jersey receives second-round funding this spring.

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