Rep. Frank LoBiondo agreed the money is crucial.
‘‘Today’s vote is a key step in getting critical federal assistance to the residents, businesses and communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy,’’ LoBiondo, a Republican, said in a statement. ‘‘This week’s events make it clear that the need for help is real and that any additional delays in providing federal aid will be met with fierce resistance from myself, members of the delegation, and Governor Christie.’’
Zezima reported from Newark, N.J. Associated Press writer Eileen AJ Connelly in New York contributed to this report.
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