Senators Announce Increased Federal Support For New Jersey Emergency Response

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right)

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right)

NEWARK—U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez  today announced that the federal government will cover 100 percent of the cost of emergency power and public transportation through Nov. 9 in eight New Jersey counties covered under the federal disaster declaration.

Yesterday, Lautenberg and Menendez called on President Obama to increase the federal share for disaster response from the standard 75 percent up to as high as 100 percent, due to the storm’s devastating effect on the state.

“This additional federal aid will help relieve the burden on the state and local governments as they respond to the enormous damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. This storm has crippled our state and caused unprecedented damage to New Jersey’s infrastructure, businesses, homeowners, and families. The response has been swift, and this additional federal support will mean we can continue the clean-up and recovery effort without delay. We’ll keep working to make sure that all of New Jersey’s counties are made eligible for federal relief funding,” the Senators said.

Today’s announcement covers 100 percent of emergency power and public transportation costs for the next 10 days, and Lautenberg and Menendez will continue working to ensure the federal government covers as large of a share of the response costs as possible.

President Barack Obama has issued a federal disaster declaration for Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union counties, making them eligible for federal aid. New Jersey’s senators have requested that additional counties be included in this declaration.

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