By Matthew Arco | January 16th, 2013 - 1:08pm
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The long-sought emergency aid following the destruction of Superstorm Sandy cleared the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday evening and is now awaiting Senate approval.

All of New Jersey’s congressional delegation voted in favor of sending more than $50 billion in aid to the Garden State and other areas affected by the storm.

Despite support from New Jersey’s 11 House lawmakers, many officials looked to see whether Rep. Scott Garrett would back the proposal after being the only member of Congress from the state who didn’t sign a letter calling for federal assistance.

“Not true,” responded Garrett spokeswoman Maggie Seidel when asked whether the congressman ever contemplated voting against the proposal.

“As reported, he was reading the bill,” she said today.

State officials accused Garrett, who voted against aid for Hurricane Katrina victims, of dragging his feet on the proposal.

Speculation that Garrett could vote against the bill entirely increased after the federal lawmaker defended his decision late last year not to sign a letter calling for federal disaster assistance in the wake of the storm.

The proposal cleared the House floor Tuesday evening following a 228-192 vote. Thirty-eight Republicans joined 190 Democrats in supporting the aid package.

How they voted

Rob Andrews, D – Yes

Frank LoBiondo, R – Yes

Jon Runyan, R – Yes

Christopher Smith, R – Yes

Scott Garrett, R – Yes

Frank Pallone Jr., D – Yes

Leonard Lance, R – Yes

Albio Sires, D – Yes

Bill Pascrell Jr., D – Yes

Rodney Frelinghuysen, R – Yes

Rush Holt, D – Yes

Donald Payne Jr., D - Yes

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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