Christie seeks federal relief for January snowstorm

 Winter storm Jonas washed away a portion of bulkhead in West Wildwood. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Winter storm Jonas washed away a portion of bulkhead in West Wildwood. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Gov. Chris Christie is asking the federal government for disaster assistance to help New Jersey pay for last month’s winter storm.

The governor, one day removed from officially ending his presidential bid, sent a letter to President Barack Obama that detailed $82 million in costs the state incurred between Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.

The storm dropped up to 30 inches of snow, cut power to 270,000 customers and flooded several coastal towns.

Christie is asking Obama for disaster declarations for 17 of the state’s 21 counties. The storm broke snow records in six of those counties, stretching local budgets.

Christie said some of New Jersey’s coastal areas are at risk of further flooding if another storm blows through because of beach erosion, destroyed dunes and other barriers.

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