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NJ's damage from Sandy nearly $37 billion

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie says Superstorm Sandy caused $36.8 billion in damage in New Jersey.

Christie is requesting that amount, which is greater than his state's entire yearly budget, from the federal government. The financial tally is higher than neighboring New York's.

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

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

The governor says 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.

Earlier this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Superstorm Sandy ran up a bill of $32 billion there.

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