TRENTON, NJ-Federal officials say that New Jersey will receive $1.82 billion as part of the first installment of the more than $50-billion in Hurricane Sandy recovery package approved last month by Congress.

Governor Chris Christie says he intends to use the Community Development Block Grant funds to help rebuild primary residences, to get shuttered businesses opened, as well as for a tourism marketing program for the Jersey shore, according to The Record.

The governor says he hopes to start getting money to people by the end of this month.

“If our concept is approved, and I want to emphasize that nothing’s been approved yet…what we’re hoping to do is to have that be used for reconstruction of their homes, repair to their homes or also mitigation to their homes in terms of what they need to do to get to those new standards,” Gov. Christie says.

Of the $5.4 billion in the first installment of Community Development Block Grants, New York City will receive $1.77 billion and New York State will receive $1.71 billion. $16 billion in Community Development Block Grants was included in the Sandy disaster legislation. See story in The Record.