Christie requests federal aid for 17 N.J. counties struck by Jonas

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Back on the job, Governor Chris Christie announced on Thursday that he is formally requesting federal assistance for damage sustained by New Jersey during Winter Storm Jonas.

Jonas storm flooding in Sea Isle, New Jersey.
Jonas storm flooding in Sea Isle, New Jersey.

The seventeen requested Major Disaster Declaration counties are Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties.

“Based on the information presented to me, I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and the affected county and local governments, and that federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of State, county, and local governments and disaster relief organizations,” said Governor Christie in a statement. “I am requesting Public Assistance for Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Union, and Warren Counties. As part of this request for Public Assistance, I am specifically requesting snow assistance which includes snow removal, snow dumping, de-icing, and salting and sanding of roads for Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Union, and Warren Counties. I am also requesting Hazard Mitigation Assistance state-wide.”

The letter sent to President Barack Obama by way of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is viewable here.

Governor Christie’s initial response to the storm drew strong criticism from both sides of the aisle. He had originally declared “no residual flooding damage” at the Jersey Shore from the New Hampshire campaign trail. Today’s request comes as Senate Democrats are holding a hearing on an alleged botched federal application for flooding-related aid with HUD.

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12 thoughts on “Christie requests federal aid for 17 N.J. counties struck by Jonas

  1. So….what this bloviating pantload is telling us is that hardworking taxpayers in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and other states ought to cough up loot to pay for asshats in Joisey who were too stupid and/or cheap to purchase flood insurance. Is that about right?

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