Menendez, Booker Announce $30.5M in Federal Funding to Further NJ’s Recovery 5 Years after Sandy

Menendez, Booker Announce $30.5M in Federal Funding to Further NJ’s Recovery 5 Years after Sandy

Funding for repairs to damage at Newark Liberty, Teterboro Airports, Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of $30,454,030.08 in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to further New Jersey’s recovery five years after Superstorm Sandy devastated the state, destroying vital infrastructure, homes and neighborhoods. 

“We have made tremendous progress in the five years since Superstorm Sandy, but our work is far from over,” said Sen. Menendez.  “Sandy changed the lives of New Jerseyans forever, impact homes and communities, and wreaked havoc on the state’s airports and infrastructure.  This federal funding will help make critical repairs to our airports and wildlife areas, and keep New Jersey moving forward.  I will continue to fight for the federal resources necessary to complete New Jersey’s recovery and ensure our state is rebuilt stronger to withstand the next storm.”

“With the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy upon us, we recognize that through all the progress we made, we still have work to do,” said Sen. Booker. “This can particularly be seen in New Jersey’s aging transportation corridors, which serve as a vital lifeline to our region's economy.  This federal investment will help strengthen our state’s transportation infrastructure, increase resiliency in the face of future storms, and keep our economy moving.”

The Port Authority of New York and Jersey (PANYNJ) will receive a combined $29,232,009 to repair damaged runway lighting at both Newark Liberty and Teterboro Airports.  The funding represents a 90 percent reimbursement for work to clean electrical manholes and replace wiring, splices, and ground cables damaged by Superstorm Sandy. 

An additional $1,222,021.08 was awarded to the New Jersey State Department of Transportation (NJDOT) for an alternate project to restore the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area in Cape May County, purchase a boat, trailer and truck, in lieu of repairing three confined disposal facilities damaged by Sandy.

 In 2013, the President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.