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Gov. Christie asks for more aid for New Jersey

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is asking for nearly $37 billion in federal aid to recover and rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.

Christie announced the revised total Wednesday to include $7.4 billion to cover mitigation and prevention of future disasters.

A preliminary total of $29.4 billion announced last week is for repairs and response.

Christie is requesting that amount, which is greater than his state's entire yearly budget, from the federal government.

He also named Marc Ferzan, a former colleague at the U.S. attorney's office, to spearhead the state's storm recovery and rebuilding efforts.

The governor said more than 30,000 homes or businesses were destroyed or sustained substantial damage from last month's storm.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has distributed more than $500 million in aid since the storm and 230,000 New Jerseyans have registered for assistance, Christie said.

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