President Obama Declares a State of Emergency in NJ
Action means federal agencies can assist state and local emergency workers as they respond to Hurricane Sandy.
President Obama declared a state of emergency in New Jersey late Sunday night.
Obama ordered federal aid be appropriated to supplement state aid and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions that exist in the state due to Hurricane Sandy.
The declaration authorizes the federal Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate with state and local emergency responders in the state to assist residents affected by Sandy.
Governor Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey on Saturday.
Obama toured parts of Wayne and Paterson last year at Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr.’s request, a few days after Tropical Storm Irene caused some of the worst flooding the area in the past century.
Obama promised flood victims he met while touring that the federal government would help them rebuild their homes.
Obama allocated $1 million in February to help find a permanent solution to flooding in the Passaic River Basin.