Christie, a Republican who says the storm will cost his state about $36.9 billion, also met with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew and Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, as well as other Obama aides, press secretary Jay Carney said yesterday.
Sandy hit on Oct. 29, killing more than 100 people, flooding New York City subways and ravaging beach towns from New Jersey’s Atlantic City to Bridgeport, Connecticut. Elected officials from the region have been pressing officials in Washington for funding to cover repairs.
“There is a difference of view as to what we need and what we can get,” New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat, told reporters yesterday after meeting with Christie.
Also yesterday, New York City officials said they’re considering how to better prepare for storms, and how to pay for housing those displaced by Sandy. A New Jersey transportation official went to Washington to tell lawmakers about Sandy’s damage to the state’s commuter system.
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