A crowd watches from a street corner Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, in Paterson, N.J., as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano make a stop on a tour of areas flooded by Hurricane Irene. Later it was announced to the crowd that President Obama had signed a disaster declaration for hard-hit New Jersey after Hurricane Irene left much of northern New Jersey flooded. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, Pool)

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A crowd watches from a street corner Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, in Paterson, N.J., as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano make a stop on a tour of areas flooded by Hurricane Irene. Later it was announced to the crowd that President Obama had signed a disaster declaration for hard-hit New Jersey after Hurricane Irene left much of  northern New Jersey flooded. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, Pool)
A crowd watches from a street corner Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, in Paterson, N.J., as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano make a stop on a tour of areas flooded by Hurricane Irene. Later it was announced to the crowd that President Obama had signed a disaster declaration for hard-hit New Jersey after Hurricane Irene left much of northern New Jersey flooded. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, Pool)
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