HASBROUCK HEIGHTS - During his first public appearance since an asthma attack sent him to the hospital last week, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) announced a plan to help seniors across the state live more comfortably.

The governor says the heat is what kicked off his asthma attack, and he wants to protect New Jersey's senior citizens during this really hot summer.

He says the state's LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) for people 60 years of age and older, as well as the disabled at 200% federal poverty level, is key to helping them stay cool.

About 132,000 seniors will benefit from LIHEAP, which is designed to help cover the costs of riding out one of the most expensive summers on record.