TRENTON - Acting Gov Richard J. Codey yesterday signed an executive order lifting the state of emergency in New Jersey caused by the nor'easter that began April 16. However, state emergency-management officials will continue to work with FEMA to assess the damage across the state, and additional counties may qualify for aid.

So far, 11 counties have qualified for public assistance, including Burlington and Camden. Twelve counties qualify for assistance to individuals, including Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties.

New Jersey officials have also worked with FEMA to open six disaster-recovery centers across the state, including one in Lumberton. All disaster recovery centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. For information about assistance, residents may call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA. - Inquirer staff