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Obama Declares New Jersey Major Disaster Area, Will View Flooding Sunday

Declaration will allow federal government to distribute disaster relief funds.

President Barack Obama declared New Jersey a major disaster area Wednesday afternoon, and the White House announced that the president will travel to north Jersey on Sunday to get a firsthand look at the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene.

The declaration will allow the federal government to award FEMA assistance to local residents, and state and municipal governments, according to officials with the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-08). 

The president will make an appearance in Paterson, according to Cong. Pascrell, who is a former mayor of Paterson, one of the city's hardest-hit by flooding.

At present, no details are available as to when the president will arive or where he will go.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate visited New York and New Jersey on Wednesday to review flood relief efforts.

Jim DeRosa September 03, 2011 at 01:20 AM
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Sean Conneamhe September 03, 2011 at 09:46 AM
The United States Goverment is broke and has to borrow more money from the Communist Chinese government in order to fund FEMA. Many U.S. economists say that this is irresponsible.
suz September 03, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Fema is a joke....
Brian A September 12, 2011 at 11:39 PM
This is the same Jim Derosa! http://alpinedave.hubpages.com/hub/JimDeRosa-Bad-Business-for-Wedding-Couples-Entertainment-Concepts-Music-and-Event-Services-or-Event-Galleria http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2010/08/livingston_couple_involved_in.html

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