Power Fully Restored to NJ by Sunday, Christie Says

Governor also praises National Guard at press conference in Somerset.

Gov. Chris Christie praised the National Guard's work in New Jersey during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and reportedly said he expects all power to be restored to the state by early Sunday.

Christie spoke at a press conference on Thursday, flanked by members of the National Guard at an armory in Somerset. 

"I wanted to come here and thank these men and women as an example of the over 2,200 National Guardsmen I ordered activated in the prelude to Hurricane Sandy," Christie said. "They have done an extraordinary job."

Christie addressed a number of issues still plaguing the state, including power outages. 

Christie said as of Thursday morning there were 390,746 customers without power in the state, an increase of about 19,000 from Wednesday. He said some of that was due to new outages caused by winter storm Athena.

"Good news is we have not seen the kind of damage we saw with Hurricane Sandy and we are confident that we will be able to move forward in our recovery efforts," Christie said.

The governor also said he expects the state to have its power fully restored by early Sunday, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Christie gave numbers on customer outages for each power company. He said as of Thursday morning, the percentage of customers out were: PSE&G, 95 percent; JCP&L, 75 percent; Atlantic City Electric, 95 percent (down from 100 due to Athena); Orange & Rockland, 92 percent.

Christie also said the gas situation in the state has improved over the past few days, thanks in part to the National Guard's distribution efforts and the odd-even system. He said that he will reevaluate that system over the weekend, and decide if it needs to continue next week.

Christie said 77 percent of the schools and 80 percent of the districts in the state were operating on Thursday. He said two days before that percentage was in the 40s.

There has been some confusion about FEMA aid, according to Christie, who urged residents to call and register with the agency.

"I had people who I spoke to last night who said 'FEMA hasn't been to my house. It's outrageous,'" he said. "I said 'when did you register?' and they said 'I have to register?' Yes, you have to register first or they don't know where you live. They aren't going to every house."

Residents of the barrier islands may be able to visit their homes again very soon. Christe said from Berkeley to Brick, controlled visitation would take place no later than Saturday. He said that Friday had been the plan originally, but that change due to the impact of the latest storm. 

John Case November 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
What was unusual about this storm, IMO, was the 75+ MPH sustained gusts so far inland. Most of the trees I saw were not rotted or diseased. A lot of what was left of those rotted trees, fell in the last two storms. What I saw that was unusual, was that most of the trees were UPROOTED, especially pines that don't have a deep root system. Even in open areas that have no (alleged) root constraints, perfectly healthy trees were pushed over. Many telephone poles were falling, not due just to trees, but due to wind loading on the poles and wires. Over the years. we have been loading down poles with more and more services. In our area, in addition to the primary and secondary wiring, we have multiple land-line trunks, plus multiple Comcast lines, plus a big FiOS fiber cable and all the various interconnect boxes and amplifiers, adding both weight and wind loading. It's just more than these poles can take. The pole spacing probably dates back to the early part of the last century based on a fraction of the bearing weight and wind loading. My 2c...
trythetruth November 10, 2012 at 07:31 PM
For the residents in Scotch Plains who live on/near Cooper...just came back from there and...there...is....nothing...happening. No trucks, no crews, no work...nothing other than downed wires. Spoke to a rep at PSEG (supervisor) who said that last nights midnight claim was an "estimate." When asked for another "estimate" he had no clue other than "doing the best we can." As to why there's nobody on Cooper now working "we have a lot of other people still out." As to why the Governor said this morning that "everyone will be restored by tonight" he said "the Governor is aware that's not happening". As much as I didn't like the answers....I think I finally may have found one honest man (which is why won't give his name for fear of getting him in hot water w his bosses). The Gov is either in the dark (figuratively) the same as we are...or he is complicit in the deception. Bottom line, if you're in the area of Cooper, Rahway, Asbrook, Round Hill, Wedgewood...and you had an expectation of midnight last night...or today as per PSEG or the Gov...looks like you can pretty much forget it.
maureen Maguire November 10, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I'm on Cooper and NOT getting power today .. No way.. Just drive down the road and it's still a mess!!!!!! Some work was done yes.. But not enough to get power on. Let's go....... We want power!!!! Tired of being homeless and led to believe every other day it will be on soon!!! Ain't happening... There is my one guy on Cooper right now. They left an hour ago... It's only 3:30!!!!!
Gail Zawacki November 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM
1. Trees that were out in the woods, nowhere near roads, fell over just as much as the trees along the roads. 2. They are not dying because they are old. Most species of trees normally live for centuries - some live for thousands of years. 3. Acid rain is very bad for trees but there is less now than there used to be, because it comes from sulphur dioxide, which has been reduced. That's the visible part of smog. Nitrous oxides however have not been reduced, and that's what turns into ground-level ozone - the invisible part of smog. The background level is increasing. It gives people cancer, asthma, heart disease and other epidemic diseases. It's even more toxic to vegetation. 3. If you prefer not to believe any of these facts, well, I guess maybe you think smoking doesn't cause cancer, CO2 isn't a greenhouse gas and global warming isn't real, the earth is flat and it 6,000 years old.
LVFam November 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Crews on E Valley Brook, Old Farmers, E. mill Rd and Fairmont today but still a long way to go.
John Case November 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
PSEG: 5,580 outages remain from Hurricane Sandy. Power has now been restored to more than 99 percent of the 1.7 million customers impacted.. 17,148 outages remain from the Nor'easter Wednesday night and reports of outages received since Friday; these outages may or may not be weather-related. Since service restoration began, PSE&G has replaced at least 2,500 poles and 1,000 transformers, as well as cut down 41,000 trees, to repair widespread damage from the hurricane. Contrary to rumors, PSE&G has ample supplies of poles and other equipment on hand.
LVFam November 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM
trythetruth November 11, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Scotch Plains is suffering. Suffering from a lame duck do-nothing Republican mayor and an incoming do-nothing (apparently) Democrat incoming mayor. Nobody working in the interests of SP citizens. Nobody gives a shit. We are on our own. Keep those property tax checks rolling in, friends.
LVFam November 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM
This link provides a list of expected restorations by street. Considering current conditions, it will take a miracle.
tony g2010 November 11, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Gen, unlike your bs disertation, it is the bottom line. Cry about it or take advantage of it.
Carlos November 11, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I guess they forgot most of Hopatcong Borough ( Sussex County ) I bet you anything Lake Hopatcong & Mt. Arlington has power already... Money talks and Bull Shit sits.. Morris County pays more taxes then sussex county so we have to wait ...???
LVFam November 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM
LOL, you can disregard this link. It is now 11/11, due to be restored 11/10 and still powerless
LVFam November 11, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Carlos, In Long Valley we are probably paying more taxes than most in the area and still without if that helps..
Ken Hoffman November 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Sorry Govenor--STILL no power in Chester NJ...and First Energy, which owns this tottaly decrepit system is expected to make $2.7 billion in cash from operations this year. And yet they will beg for another rate increase. Make their shareholders pay, bury the lines, we are 40 days without power in the last 15 months..it truly is a third world standard in Morris County!!!
Nonnie November 13, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Now thats funny!
Lisa November 13, 2012 at 05:23 AM
After 14 days of no power the Georgia Pacific Power and Light came to our rescue in Chester NJ. They were awesome, many of them were away from their families for longer than our power was out. They were true power rangers that went well beyond the call of duty. We are so thankful to the boys from Georgia that restored our power. And yes JCP&L sucks!
Nonnie November 13, 2012 at 05:26 AM
There was a suburban propane truck parked at the end of my street at 11pm. Two guys were standing outside smoking so I pulled up and asked them if they needed anything. They were up from MD (one guy was showing the other the way around the area) They told me they had been trying to deliver to a home caught between downed oak trees so they couldn't deliver. They tried in vain.
Journey November 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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Jon November 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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Jon November 14, 2012 at 01:53 PM
A Class Action Lawsuit has been filed against the Long Island Power Authority for Breach of Contract, Gross Negligence and Fraud due to their poor response to Sandy. So JCP&L customers are not alone in their suffering. Wonder if somebody will file a similar suit against JCP&L.
Nonnie November 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
This was suggested at last nights Chester Township council meeting. The mayor said he will be joining other mayors in exploring this option. I say we hold their feet to the fire to make sure this happens.
TCG November 14, 2012 at 02:36 PM
yet another Christie photo op with nothing but bluster and BS. And still...the gutless NJ press corps (either afraid of the Governor or in his pocket) fails to ask why the gasoline and generators were not staged BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVED, despite the Governor warning all of us for a week that we should expect power outages of 7-10 days. And now he's going to raise our taxes. I'll pay to send this loser to Disney World next time we see a storm coming.
green November 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Does he mean by next Sunday? Thousands of people still don't have power in NJ. Large areas of Brick Township are still in the dark, for instance.
John Case November 14, 2012 at 05:19 PM
If you would look at the date (November 8, 2012) you would realize that you're commenting on 6 day old news...
green November 14, 2012 at 06:14 PM
And yet power has still not been restored to all in New Jersey.
John Case November 14, 2012 at 06:42 PM
And it wont be, for homes that have been flooded out. It's not safe. BTW, JCP&L says there are 19 out in Brick. (They could by lying...just sayin'..)
green November 14, 2012 at 06:47 PM
They are lying. There are hundreds. http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8884380 Many other areas, even in Brick, experienced flooding, yet their power was turned on over a week ago.
Joanne November 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
when are the crews going to pull up wires, cut down dangling trees, etc.....this is just another disaster waiting to happen with the next breeze we have!!
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