NJ seeks disaster aid for October storm

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2011 file photo, Bayron Zamora, right, 15, and Jarell Finley, 17, look at a down tree as heavy snow created issues with down lines and trees during a rare October snowstorm that hit the Northern New Jersey region, in Lodi, N.J. Concerns over cleanup costs are growing in municipalities that were hammered by Hurricane Irene this summer and then walloped again last weekend by a massive nor'easter, and officials say the main supplier to the state's food pantries also has taken a hit from the back-to-back emergencies. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

November 16, 2011 5:51:36 AM PST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seeking help from Washington for damage caused by the October storm that pounded parts of the state with snow, rain and high winds.

Christie has asked President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration for 11 counties.

Christie wrote the president that the storm's impact on trees and power lines rivaled Hurricane Irene.

The governor is seeking funds to reimburse towns and agencies for emergency work, debris clearance, and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the storm and flooding.

The declaration would cover Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.