Deadline extended for N.J. Hurricane Sandy relief

Gov. Christie extends deadline to April 1

NJ residents have more time for Sandy help

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey residents still trying to clean up from Hurricane Sandy have some extra time to apply for help.

Residents and businesses in the Garden State now have an extra month to apply for federal assistance for damage related to the storm.

Governor Chris Christie announced Thursday that the deadline is now April 1 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the Small Business Administration.

"This 30-day extension will help us ensure that anyone who has been affected by Sandy gets the help they need and deserve," said Governor Christie. "It's vitally important for people to know that the process of receiving any type of federal disaster assistance – including future grant assistance for homeowners and businesses – begins with registering as a disaster survivor with FEMA and working with a coordinator to determine eligibility for relief. I encourage those who have not yet registered with FEMA and SBA to do so now to get the relief they are entitled to and to ensure their eligibility for any future relief we can offer."

The original deadline was Friday.

Apart from the April 1 SBA disaster loan deadline for property damage, businesses also have until July 31 to apply for SBA economic injury disaster loans.

Residents with storm losses in all counties can register online at, by smart phone and tablet or by phone by calling 1-800-621-3362.

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