Senators support appeal of FEMA denial

U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez Friday wrote to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support the Christie Administration’s appeal of the agency’s denial of aid to victims of March flooding.

“The flooding in New Jersey has caused pain and hardship for our residents and local businesses,” the Senators wrote to FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate.  “Clean-up and recovery costs will be steep, creating a significant burden for many individuals and local governments who are already facing tight budgets.  These communities and our citizens deserve all the support that can be provided.”

Preliminary assessments put the damage from the flooding at more than $4.5 million. More than 4,000 homes were affected.  FEMA denied the administration’s request for aid last month.  Gov. Chris Christie Thursday wrote to the president asking for the decision to be reconsidered.

As part of the appeal, the governor added Warren County to the initial request for aid to Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic Counties. Senators support appeal of FEMA denial