NJ's damage from Sandy nearly $37 billion

Published: 1:55 PM EST Nov 28, 2012   Updated: 4:08 PM EST Nov 28, 2012

Superstorm Sandy caused $36.8 billion in damage in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday.

Christie is requesting that amount, which is greater than the state's entire budget, from the federal government.

More than 30,000 homes or businesses were destroyed or suffered substantial damage.

The governor said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has distributed more than $500 million in aid since the storm, and 230,000 New Jerseyans have registered for assistance.