NJ Governor Christie seeks 100 pct FEMA reimbursement for Sandy

Dec 3 (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is

asking the federal government to reimburse the state for 100

percent of emergency costs for at least 90 days after Superstorm

Sandy swept ashore on Oct. 29.

In a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency dated

Nov. 30 and released on Monday, Christie said the economic

damage from the storm could be nearly $40 billion.

FEMA generally reimburses states for 75 percent of emergency

clean-up and repair costs from natural disasters. The agency can

cover more, but state officials must ask for the relief.

Christie previously asked for 90 percent reimbursement.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for full reimbursement

for qualifying expenses not long after the storm subsided. He

has estimated that New York needs nearly $42 billion to recover

from the storm and prepare for future severe weather.

The state of Connecticut is also asking for $3.2 billion for

mitigation efforts, and it suffered another estimated $360

million in damages.

In New Jersey, getting money to help cover clean-up and

restoration costs will be critical to making sure that the

Jersey Shore, a popular summer vacation spot and a key source of

revenue for the state, is up and running in time for the 2013

tourist season, Christie said in his letter.

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