NJ Expects to Apply for Federal Storm Aid

Sunday, Feb 7, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM EDT
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he expects to seek federal funds to help cover cleanup costs from this weekend's monster snow storm.

But a final decision hasn't been made.

As he toured southern New Jersey coastal areas Sunday that were hit hard by blizzard conditions, Christie said he was still a few days away from declaring a state of emergency.

That would start the process of applying for federal aid that would help reimburse state, county and local officials for costs incurred from the storm.

Christie says he first must make sure that the state's costs exceeded $10.6 million and that snow totals were more than 90 percent of the previous record.

He also urged residents to check on relatives who live in the barrier islands that have lost power.

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