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Cuomo, Christie team up for joint NY-NJ storm-aid appeal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo walk together before a wreath-laying ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. (May 5, 2011) (Credit: Getty Images)

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a joint statement Wednesday pledging to work to together to make sure both states “receive as much federal support as possible” to recover from superstorm Sandy.

The two hard-charging chief executives said the states stand a better chance by working cooperatively.

“Our economies and infrastructures are inextricably linked and, in many ways, dependent on one another, which is why we share common goals in the rebuilding effort,” Cuomo, a Democrat, and Christie, a Republican, wrote. “It is our shared commitment to the people of our states to work in partnership so that our needs are met and we receive as much federal support as possible.”

Cuomo has requested $42 billion in federal aid for recovery and mitigation against future storms. Christie has asked for $37 billion. A regional, bipartisan appeal would face better odds in Congress, officials have said.

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