New Jersey Governor Christie requests $37bn in storm aid

Chris Christie embraces a New Jersey woman after Sandy (3 Nov) Christie won plaudits for his handling of the storm's aftermath

Related Stories

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has requested $37bn (£23bn) from the US federal government to help the state recover from "Superstorm" Sandy.

The funds would cover mitigation and prevention efforts as well as repairs.

On Monday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for $42bn, saying his state could not foot the bill alone.

The north-eastern states were devastated by the 30 October storm, which killed more than 100 and caused $62bn in damage.

"My commitment to the people of New Jersey is to make steady progress in our recovery, and to know that three or six or 12 months from now I'll demand the same level of effort, attention and results from government as I have in the past 30 days," Gov Christie said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Last week, the Republican governor announced he had requested $29.4bn for repairs.

On Wednesday he added to that $7.4bn for the mitigation and prevention of future flooding and destruction.

The request is larger than the state's annual budget of $32bn.

Gov Christie says more than 30,000 properties were destroyed or badly damaged in last month's storm, while 230,000 New Jerseyans have registered for emergency aid from the government.

In New York, Gov Cuomo said taxpayers could not afford to pay for the recovery and prevention on its own.

"It would incapacitate the state," he said on Monday. "Tax increases are always a last, last, last resort."

Gov Christie said this week he would run for re-election in November. He said he was motivated by a desire to help the state through the recovery process.

His response to the storm, including his embrace of Democratic President Barack Obama and federal recovery efforts, won widespread praise.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More US & Canada stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • A very clever little girlBrain gain

    Why are people getting better at intelligence tests?


  • Don Roberto Placa Quiet Don

    The world's worst interview - with one of the loneliest men on Earth


  • Welsh society plaqueDistant valley

    How St David's Day is marked in one community far from Wales


  • Pakistani police officers escort Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, center, the main sispect in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, after his court appearance in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014Freedom behind bars

    The luxury lifestyle of Pakistan's most notorious prisoner


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • KnucklesGood or bad?

    For many it can be very satisfying to 'crack' the bones in your hand, but is it bad for you?

Programmes

  • BatteriesClick Watch

    More power to your phone - the lithium-ion batteries that could last twice as long

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.