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Meanwhile, New Jersey’s two senators — Democrats Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez — on Wednesday asked President Obama to increase the federal share for disaster response aid from the standard 75 percent to 90 percent to 100 percent, owing to the storm’s devastating effect on the state.

New Jersey communities are still rebuilding from last year’s devastating Hurricane Irene, and could use the extra federal help, said the senators in a letter to the president.

The senators added there has been precedent for such action, saying that since 1986 more than 200 adjustments to the federal cost-share have been authorized, including during Hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Wilma, Katrina, and Rita.