The New Jersey legislature is in a desperate position.
Governor Chris Christie is seeking a three-month extension of the state’s state-mandated storm water ban, and the Legislature is refusing to take up the governor’s request.
The legislature’s decision comes as the Trump administration is considering issuing an emergency declaration to help address the crisis.
The governor has already made his position clear, telling reporters last week that the storm water restrictions are a federal emergency and he would be willing to help if it were possible.
But the state of New Jersey is in the middle of a crisis of its own.
It has lost more than 500,000 square miles of shoreline since Harvey hit and has yet to recover.
The state has only one recreational pool that can accommodate a population of about 1 million, and that pool is in danger of collapsing due to flooding.
In the meantime, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is under a growing list of requests for help from the federal government.
The department says it has been unable to keep up with the number of requests and is now in a crisis over how to manage those requests.
In its latest letter to the Trump Administration, the state wrote, “The State of New York is in an urgent situation due to severe flooding, and we have no choice but to request federal assistance to manage the flooding and clean up the debris that has accumulated due to the storm.”
The department said it has received more than 3,000 requests to clean up storm-damaged shoreline and the department is working with federal officials to find a way to handle those requests as quickly as possible.
The letter, signed by Christie, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey’s Environmental Protection Agency director and the state attorney general, said the agency needs help in handling more than 2,000 additional requests for federal assistance.