Many of New Jersey's residents are still without power due to a recent storm that dumped as much as 19 inches of snow across the state.
The battle against the weather is forcing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to seek federal aid. He's asking the government for a total of $53 million for what he calls "extraordinary measures."
"While New Jersey is accustomed to winter storms, the intensity of this storm required extraordinary measures which strained the resources of the state and numerous counties to maintain public safety as well as clear the state's roadways," Christie said in his letter to President Barack Obama.
Storm cleanup was slower than expected due to police and public works employees being tied up in rescuing trapped motorists.
The city declared a state of emergency shortly after the blizzard began -- a move that makes the city eligible for federal reimbursement of costs associated with the storm, according to Long Branch Finance Director Ronald Mehlhorm.