TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy is asking the Trump administration to approve a request of $34.2 million in federal disaster recovery funds to help pay for costs associated with Hurricane Isais back in August.
“These funds are necessary to help state, county and local officials recoup the costs of the cleanup from the storm,” Murphy said. ” The damage from Isaias led to roughly 1.4 million losing power and many of those outages lasted for several days along with disruption to mass transit and closures due to downed power lines and trees.”
The storm damage forced the state to open thirteen temporary debris management sites used to transfer debris to permanent facilities.
Murphy is requesting a major disaster declaration for Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Monmouth, Morris, Salem and Sussex Counties. The Governor did not request funds for Ocean County, where he visited Jackson Township the day after the tropical storm struck the county.
When visiting Ocean County, Murphy met with Jackson Mayor Michael Reina, who is currently the focal point of a Department of Justice civil rights lawsuit and now a possible FBI criminal investigation.
Reina thanked Murphy for everything he has done for the residents of Jackson and Ocean County, which now amounts only to a photo op visit by the governor in close proximity to his Island Beach State Park mansion where he was staying around the time of the storm.