U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) are applauding President Joe Biden (D) for issuing an emergency declaration in New Jersey after Hurricane Ida, paving the way for FEMA assistance for those impacted by the storm.
“I thank President Biden for quickly approving Governor Murphy’s request for federal assistance. This is much needed federal relief for all of New Jersey’s 21 counties,” Menendez said in a statement.
“From the tornadoes, to the flooding and torrential rain, communities across the state are now burdened with debris removal and widespread power outages. This will help communities begin the recovery process, get families out of harm’s way and our transit systems back up and running.”
The senators last night led the entire congressional delegation in a letter urging President Biden to approve Governor Phil Murphy’s (D) request for a Major Disaster Declaration.
“For communities across New Jersey, this record-breaking storm has caused widespread devastation, and our state’s residents will need robust assistance in the coming days and weeks to rebuild,” added Booker.
“I’m grateful to President Biden for his quick and decisive action that will provide New Jersey with the critical federal resources it needs to help with the immediate recovery efforts.”
In the letter, the lawmakers noted that FEMA Individual Assistance is needed to help New Jerseyans who were displaced from their homes due to flooding.
FEMA Public Assistance is also critical in order to resume the state’s mass transit systems that millions of people rely on every day.
Hudson County saw massive amounts of flooding, leaving dozens of cars totaled, major appliances ruined, and basements destroyed.
Murphy tweeted this morning that the natural disaster claimed the lives of 25 New Jerseyans.