U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, is requesting that the state supply additional state aid to Cumberland County towns along the Delaware Bay.

In a letter dated Monday, LoBiondo asked Gov. Chris Christie to use federal Hurricane Sandy aid to help Commercial, Downe, Maurice River and Lawrence townships.

“While experiencing significant destruction to four townships along the Delaware Bay, the level of damage across the county did not meet the federal threshold to qualify Cumberland County with the nine hardest hit counties, including Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties,” he said, adding that hundreds of homeowners in those communities have been unable to get help from federal funds due to the rules limiting assistance to residents in the nine most damaged counties.

“However, as you well know, Sandy’s impact on these Bayshore residents was just as devastating as the damage suffered by other New Jerseyans in many Jersey Shore communities,” LoBiondo wrote.

LoBiondo said he would work with the federal government to ensure the money would be able to be distributed to these communities.

Joel Landau

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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