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Posted: January 17, 2013 at 4:07 a.m.

Gov. Chris Christie, RN.J., told a town hall crowd in Manahawkin that the aid package Congress approved Tuesday will help expedite rebuilding after superstorm Sandy, and joked that federal lawmakers were “a little late to the party,” before adding: “But if you’re coming with $60 billion, you can be a little late.” Michael Carter, a high school senior and Eagle Scout from St. Charles County, Mo., has earned every merit badge offered by the Boy Scouts of America, 134 in total.

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