NJ Governor Christie Asks Feds to Pitch in for Snow Cleanup

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is seeking federal support for several counties hit hard by the October snowstorm.

Christie sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for a Major Disaster Declaration and federal resources to help speed the recovery after an unusual snow storm hit on October 29 and brought down trees and power lines.

The governor said it rivaled the effect of Hurricane Irene.

Christie requested Public Assistance Grant funding for government agencies and eligible private nonprofit organizations in Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren Counties.

The funds would be used to reimburse the agencies for emergency work, debris clearance and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the storm. Christie also requested federal funding for hazard mitigation measures statewide.