Gov. Chris Christie seeks federal relief for January snowstorm

Gov. Chris Christie is asking the federal government for disaster assistance to help New Jersey pay for last month's winter storm.

Gov. Christie is asking the federal government for relief for New Jersey for January's blizzard.

Gov. Christie is asking the federal government for relief for New Jersey for January's blizzard. (2/11/16)

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is asking the federal government for disaster assistance to help New Jersey pay for last month's winter storm.

The governor, sent a letter to President Barack Obama 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.

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

The governor 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.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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