Federal disaster declaration issued for New Jersey

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in New Jersey after a severe storm battered the southern part of the state last month.



Wednesday's declaration means federal funds will now be available to state and local government to help rebuild and repair damage in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.



Gov. Chris Christie requested the aid last week and said the storm caused more than $15 million worth of damage and knocked out power to more than 300,000 people.



Christie sought the aid after preliminary assessments showed the state met federal eligibility requirements.



Some criticized Christie after the storm for not seeking help sooner and blamed his presidential campaign as a distraction.



Spokesman Kevin Roberts says the declaration was sought "promptly" after assessments were completed.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."