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Evacuated residents of Toms River N.J. wait to board buses to briefly take them back to their flood-damaged homes on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Authorities were escorting residents of Jersey shore communities that were hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy to their homes so they could retrieve personal items before leaving again. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
Gov. Chris Christie says the shuttered military base at Fort Monmouth is being readied to house families displaced by Sandy.
Christie says the base can provide temporary housing to up to 600 families.
Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable says families will begin being moved in from shelters by month's end.
More than 25,000 New Jersey residents are receiving federal rental assistance because their homes were damaged by the storm.
Constable says at least 7,000 will need housing beyond the number of vacant rental units available, based on preliminary estimates by federal and state emergency management officials.