U.S. adds funding for Sandy recovery in N.J.

Posted: June 27, 2013

The federal government will boost funding for New Jersey communities rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy, officials said Tuesday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide $83.4 million in additional funds for rebuilding public facilities and infrastructure such as roads and boardwalks, said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.).

FEMA reported Monday that it had already approved $556 million in public assistance grants for New Jersey.

The increased funding comes from a change approved by President Obama that raises the federal reimbursement share of costs from 75 percent to 90 percent.

"This decision will greatly help New Jersey communities still dealing with significant damage issues," said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.).

The change will be retroactive, Smith said.

In May, Obama raised the reimbursements for New York from 75 percent to 90 percent.

In January, Congress approved more than $60 billion in relief for Sandy victims.

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