Gov. Chris Christie traveled to Freehold on Friday morning to formally sign a letter seeking money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The event was Christie's first public appearance since the blizzard hit last weekend. The governor had traveled to Florida last Sunday for a family vacation at Disney World and remained there until returning home early Friday.
Some Democrats criticized Christie for not cutting short his trip.
But the governor says he was constantly briefed while in Florida and made all major decisions in consultation with Senate President Steve Sweeney, who was acting governor.
Christie gave New Jersey an A for effort in dealing with the storm and a B-plus for the results.