Gov. Chris Christie urged the state’s victims of Sandy to register with FEMA and called the response to the storm a nonpartisan effort, during a radio interview Wednesday with Harry Hurley.

Christie spoke for 15 minutes on WPG 1450 AM and said the state is working to estimate the cost of the storm.

“We're working with the state treasurer, and some outside consultants, to come up with what's an accurate number for our damages here,” Christie said.

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“And hopefully by Friday we'll at least have our first estimate. It's going to be in the billions of dollars. We're going to be going to the federal government, and my position with the president and Congress is going to be very simple: We deserve to be treated as fair as the people who suffered through Hurricane Katrina were treated, because this is New Jersey's Katrina,” he said.

The governor spoke specifically about the need to rebuild the shore.

“There is no choice but to rebuild, especially at the Jersey Shore, not only because it's a part of the cultural heartbeat of our state, but also because it's a huge part of the economic engine of our state,” Christie said.

Hurley praised Christie’s response to the storm. He also asked Christie about his plans to run for re-election in 2013, but Christie said he still has not made up his mind.

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