Biden continues to ignore Phil Murphy request to expand disaster declaration, Ciattarelli chimes in

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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has a hard choice to make during an election year between the people of New Jersey and his Democrat friends in Washington, D.C., including President Joe Biden.

Last week, Murphy asked the Biden administration to expand the emergency declaration issued by FEMA for a Major Disaster Declaration in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset counties. 

The Governor said is pushing to expand the declaration for Union, Essex, Hudson, & Morris Counties, but so far, the Biden administration has ignored that request. Murphy said it will take time, but it’s a “work in progress”.

“Essex County is one of those that needs to be added to the list. FEMA is in this county as we speak. So they’re doing all the things they should be doing. This is a work in progress when they named those first six. And we just need them to add another four or five to that,” Murphy said in an interview with NPR.


His opponent Jack Ciattarelli said the time for talking and planning is over and the declaration must be made now, so the people in those counties can start the long road to recovery.

“We are urging President Biden to expand his administration’s disaster declaration into Union, Essex, Hudson, & Morris Counties to help those whose properties were damaged or destroyed,” Ciattarelli said in a statement. “A great many towns in Union County were hit incredibly hard by Hurricane Ida – Cranford being one of them. The devastation some residents experienced here is unimaginable. And yet, somehow, Union was inexplicably left out of the FEMA disaster declaration.”

Ciattarelli said the Democrat party officials in New Jersey, including Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez along with local Democrat Congressmen need to stop dragging their feet and get it done ‘now’.