Obama signs disaster declaration for NJ

President Barack Obama speaks from White House briefing room, Sunday, July 31, 2011 in Washington, about a deal being reached to raise the debt limit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

August 31, 2011 8:10:43 PM PDT
President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for New Jersey as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Irene, freeing up federal recovery funds.