NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hoping to move the conversation away from the George Washington Bridge scandal, Gov. Chris Christie headed to the Jersey Shore Thursday to talk Hurricane Sandy relief.

Christie and Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable III were in Manahawkin to announce that $800 million in Sandy housing recovery funds had been dispersed.

“I hope all these people with cameras will frequent the local businesses so that Manahawkin can get something out of this today,” Christie said.

Toms River resident Margaret Quinton said at the meeting that she can’t afford to lift her house to meet flood standards. But Christie said to hold him accountable — his duty as a public servant to help, sworn under oath, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.

“The tag line at the end is ‘so help me god,’ right? And I think all of us have thought about that,” Christie said.

Unlike his State of the State address, there were no apologies from the governor Thursday, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

“And whatever tests they put in front of me, I will meet those tests, because I’m doing it on your behalf,” Christie said.

Thursday’s meeting was the same one that Christie scuttled last week in order to hold a news conference in which he denied involvement in the lane closing scheme.

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