Christie requests $37 billion from federal government for Superstorm Sandy


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) listen during a rally on January 8, 2012, in Exeter, New Hampshire. Christie vetoed a same-sex marriage bill in New Jersey on Feb. 17, 2012.


Justin Sullivan

Now we might know why New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was being so nice to Obama after Superstorm Sandy hit: New Jersey needs money.

Christie has requested $37 billion from the federal government, BBC News reported. The funds cover Superstorm Sandy repairs and prevention efforts for future storms. The request is larger than the state's entire annual budget of $32 billion.

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Christie says that more than 30,000 homes or businesses were demolished or damaged badly by Sandy, the Associated Press reported. His request comes after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for $32 billion in federal aid.

“These are realistic numbers that we need,” Christie told WCBS 880. “We’re embarking on a serious and necessary path and it’s going to require a great deal of federal assistance."