TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie has requested $53 million from the federal government for cleanup costs related to the Dec. 26 and 27, 2010 snowstorm.
“While New Jersey is accustomed to winter storms, the intensity of this storm required extraordinary measures which strained the resources of the state and numerous counties to maintain public safety as well as clear the state’s roadways,” Christie said in his letter to President Barack Obama. “I have determined that this incident is of such severity of magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the local affected governments, and that supplementary federal assistance is necessary.”
Preliminary assessments by federal and state officials determined that 15 counties were most severely impacted by the December storm: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union.
The $53 million claim includes $13 million for expenses incurred by New Jersey state government, including the Department of Transportation and the Turnpike Authority.
State officials have said that New Jersey has already spent more than $20 million for snow removal this winter, going through the entire budget.
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