New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he'll apply greater pressure on Congress if a $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package isn't approved by the new year.

Christie says New Jersey sends more tax revenue to Washington and gets less back than any other state, and now the Garden State needs a hand.

The governor says New Jersey does not have the money to rebuild without federal help. The aid package submitted to Congress by President Barack Obama will be shared between New Jersey and New York, with a smaller amount for Connecticut.

Christie says Congress needs to step up for Americans who have had their homes and lives upended by a natural disaster as it's done for other states in the past.

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