- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s congressional delegation is calling on President Barack Obama to support the state’s request for disaster assistance to pay for last month’s winter storm.

Gov. Chris Christie sent a letter to Obama Thursday that detailed $82 million in costs the state incurred between Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.

The storm dropped up to 30 inches of snow, cut power to 270,000 customers and flooded several coastal towns.

Christie is asking Obama for disaster declarations for 17 of the state’s 21 counties. The storm broke snow records in six of those counties, stretching local budgets.

Christie said some of New Jersey’s coastal areas are at risk of further flooding if another storm blows through because of beach erosion, destroyed dunes and other barriers.



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