TRENTON - Local officials in New Jersey had a chance to tell state lawmakers about the state of post-Sandy recovery in their areas.

The state Senate budget committee held a hearing today at the Meadowlands Racetrack. It was the second in a series of budget committee meetings that are focused on residents' needs in the wake of Sandy.

Gov. Chris Christie last week said Sandy caused $37 billion in damage. Christie also said the state would seek federal aid to cover most of the expenses.

Many cash-strapped towns are facing property tax hikes to make up for lost revenue from destroyed businesses and homes.

AP wire services contributed to this report.