Menendez Leads NJ Delegation in Urging Trump to Approve Disaster Declaration for March Winter Storm

Menendez Leads NJ Delegation in Urging Trump to Approve Disaster Declaration for March Winter Storm

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today led the entire bipartisan New Jersey Congressional delegation in calling for President Trump to approve Governor Phil Murphy’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration as a result of the severe winter storm that dropped 27 inches of snow in some parts of the state, causing $20 million in damage. Approving the request would ensure New Jersey receives the assistance it needs to fully recover from this storm.

“Powerful winds added to the damage, leaving 337,000 customers without power, some blacked out for days or even weeks,” the delegation wrote in a letter. “While the immediate response by state and local emergency responders was robust and professional, the sheer size of this storm, combined with New Jersey suffering multiple nor’easters in the month of March alone, created a significant burden on our state’s resources.”

The winter storm struck New Jersey from March 6th to March 8th, causing severe damage in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset Counties. The State provided snow removal assistance to Bergen and Morris counties due to the amount of snow that was dumped on those two counties.

Joining Sen. Menendez on the letter are Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Reps. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.-01), Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.-02), Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.-03), Chris Smith (R-N.J.-04), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.-05), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.-06), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.-07), Albio Sires (D-N.J.-08), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.-09), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.-10), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.-11) and Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-N.J.-12).

A copy of the letter can be found here and below.

                                                            May 10, 2018

President Donald J. Trump

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Trump:

Governor Murphy has formally requested a Major Disaster Declaration as a result of the severe winter storm that struck New Jersey from March 6, 2018 to March 8, 2018.  We are writing to urge you to approve this request to ensure New Jersey receives the assistance it needs fully recover from this storm.

The severe winter storm that struck New Jersey from March 6, 2018 to March 8, 2018 dumped a record-breaking 27 inches of snow in some areas of Bergen and Morris Counties and near record levels in other counties.  Powerful winds added to the damage, leaving 337,000 customers without power, some blacked out for days or even weeks.  While the immediate response by state and local emergency responders was robust and professional, the sheer size of this storm, combined with New Jersey suffering multiple nor’easters in the month of March alone, created a significant burden on our state’s resources. 

With total damages approaching $20 million, expenditures are expected to exceed the statewide per capita and county thresholds have already been exceeded in several counties.  We therefore urge you to support Governor Murphy’s request by issuing a Major Disaster Declaration for the counties of Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset and providing snow assistance to the counties of Bergen and Morris.  

Thank you for your consideration.  We look forward to a prompt response to our request.

Sincerely,