Christie On LBI: Nor’easter May Be Temporary Setback for Sandy Recovery

New Jersey governor said 11,000 utility workers remain in state, set to respond to any damage brought by storm.

A nor’easter set to strike New Jersey Wednesday may cool the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts for a time, Gov. Chris Christie warned during a press conference at Long Beach Island Wednesday.

“We may take a setback in the next 24 hours. You need to be prepared for that,” Christie said.

Power outages may increase during the storm, which is set to bring a heavy, wet snow and wind gusts as high as 55 mph to the state.

However, the governor was hopeful the pause in recovery efforts would be brief. He noted 11,000 utility workers remain in the state and the clear weekend forecast would allow the recovery push to continue in earnest.

“I appreciate that we’re all tired,” Christie said. “I want to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Questioned about President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney the night before, Christie dismissed critics who accused him of embracing the president during his post-Sandy visit to the state.

“I wouldn't call what I did an embrace of Barack Obama. I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the president of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job,” Christie said.

He was also quick to dismiss speculation of 2016 presidential run, saying that the life and death issues inherent with the back-to-back storms have made politics a minor focus for now.

“I've got a job to do in New Jersey. My future, whatever it is will take care of itself. I'm honored to be the governor of New Jersey,” he said.

Rick November 07, 2012 at 08:18 PM
The last I heard Holiday Inn is a privately owned business, so unless the Feds buy it and turn it into another GM, the government has no right to tell them they must take anyone in. Its called the Third Amendment.
Carol November 07, 2012 at 08:33 PM
If anyone is doubting the efforts to restore power take a ride to the Oceanport Ave parking lot at Monmouth Park Race Track. It is filled with huge tents & rows of pota potties to house & feed the thousands of men & women who have left their warm safe home & families to help restore power. The parking lot in Monmouth Park is crammed with utility trucks, heavy moving equipment & any other vehicle imaginable- -- THEY ALL HAVE OUT OF STATE PLATES! some have traveled a very long distance to get here. This morning I saw a caravan of flatbed trucks piled high with transformers, another with phone poles. So if you should see any of those guys out there, now in this horrific weather, give them a big big THANK YOU ! ! And closing may I say THANK YOU to govenor CHRISTIE for putting his foot where the moon dont shine to get all of this moving !!!
Toni Cybulski Reisch November 07, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I was born and raised in Spring Lake Heights and raised my two sons for 6years in Jersey and to be Jersey proud. They continue to acknowledge Jersey as their roots even tho they have lived in Delaware for 23 years. I have nothing but admiration for Gov. Christie and his greats efforts for the people and Jersey. Toni Cybulski Reisch
tom twyman November 07, 2012 at 08:37 PM
power still out. no signs of utility trucks in wall township manasquan except the alabama trucks in chase parking light saying that no one will give them orders. how great is this. total joke. christie should get on top of these utilities. if not union they dont seem to want them to work
bayway mike November 07, 2012 at 08:53 PM
It's like Hirohito saying that Nagasaki was a setback after Hiroshima..
Jrzgrl1983 November 07, 2012 at 09:01 PM
@tomtwyman....the utility trucks and men have been ordered not to continue working today for their own safety and health because of the weather.
Pat Spies November 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Well said Suzanne. Thanks for the encouragement!
Barb Aroneo Roach November 07, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Thank you for your comment. He is a great Governor and he has worked his butt off to make sure we are safe and everything possible is being done. :-)
Rick November 07, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Sometimes the cause of a power outage isn't in a local neighborhood or town but in another area but in some area that feeds into your local area.
John Eric Mangino November 07, 2012 at 10:53 PM
@rick You accept victims and street them like third class citizens Under a corporate name like Holiday Inn You accept a little community responsibility, Evicting Guest in the middle of one the worst disasters isn't my idea of this . Not only have they added to there guest anguish, they have displaced people to homeless level sleeping in there cars . Something wrong with Femas Money Rick ?Or your probably like the vice president candidate everyone fend for them selves attitude . Profit off the weak . Not contribute to relief efforts .Its A discrace Its im moral and close to criminal . You must be high and dry Rick to make such an absurd statement .
Mimi Neuhaus November 08, 2012 at 12:13 AM
suz November 08, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I second that!
Fran November 08, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I personally think that governor Christie is the best governor that NJ has had in decades. I hope when he is do e getting our state back in order he will run for president and set therest of the country straight.
Rick November 08, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Pay attention John. I didn't condone or condemn Holiday Inn. What I said was that since it is a privately owned business niether the governor nor the president has the right to tell them they must take the displaced people. FEMA money is one thing, a FEMA promise to reimburse is another thing.
Art Frye November 08, 2012 at 02:02 AM
hey that fat boy is going to be your next president like it or not.
John Eric Mangino November 08, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Ditto X ten
Holly George November 08, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I agree as well!
kathy willets November 08, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Why is it taking so long to restore power in netcong, nj. This is unbelievable. My poor son has been without power for 10days, in fact the entire apartment complex has no power. In this day and age and with all the technology available this is unforgivable. We are not talking about an area where flooding is an issue. They are inland!! Half a mile down the road there is an apt complex and they have power. What gives??
Nan Narfe Coll November 08, 2012 at 03:50 PM
It is evident that ignorant sheeples reelected BHO. It does no good to always knock those you oppose and never admit something they did right. If some of you had a brain you would have recognized immediately that the Gov was doing the expedient thing. He did what BHO promised in his Inaugural speech - the same Baloney Sandwich he is feeding you again - that he will work with both sides of the aisle. He will work with the Opposition only when they bend to his way and kiss his ring. That is not what our Great Gov did.
Rick November 08, 2012 at 09:51 PM
The sandwich BHO is feeding the sheeple is nowhere as tasty as boloney. What ever it is has a creek named after. NO, not oysters.
Rick November 08, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Its called a grid. Some areas are served from different grids. Perhaps some trees took out the lines going to your son's area. First they have to get the trees out of the way, then make sure that all the lines and houses aren't damaged and that there are no gas leaks in the buildings before they can turn the power back on.
Peter Koenig November 08, 2012 at 10:07 PM
The trees wouldn't be an issue at all if JCPL weren't stringing wires from wooden poles stuck into the ground. Electrical supply technology has progressed since the 19th century. We don't use knob-and-tube wiring anymore, or loom insulation, or DC current. JCPL must join the rest of the world in the 21st century. Gas leaks? Possible but highly unlikely: gas lines are underground, where the wind doesn't blow them down and trees don't hit them. Wait, I think I have an idea ...
kathy willets November 08, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Where r these workers..not in North jersey a.d not in Manchester township. I'm a senior citizen
Rick November 09, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Okay Mt Koenig, I'll start at the end and work back to the first things. The gas leaks I was refering to would be inside the houses when the power comes back on. Or the gas can build up if pilot lights have gone out. I live in Settler's Landing where all the utilities are underground. The senior developments west of the parkway all have underground utilities. They all lost power. There is a limit to the amount of current that can be run underground. Look at the big poles on Lighthouse Rd or along Rt 72. Notice the size of the insulators that are needed to keep the wires from arcing to the poles. Each one of those lines would require a six foot conduit if they were underground. Oh yeah, there would probably cost a billion or more to put all the existing lines underground. Want that cost added to your electric bill?
John Eric Mangino November 09, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Just ask Rick he has answer for everthing Obviously from wht im reading everywhere there is a huge deficit in the work order department , As well as last night they stopped most work for a small no important storm but as well crews needed rest . Im having the same issue here and im surrounded by houses with power . They have seen it ok to light up a yacht club next to me that had twice the water in it than my house . Yet from that line in on temporary disconnect because im not on the priority list and also there alot work to do on my street so I have to wait But now that ever house and even dog house is lite up tomorrow will bring a new round of phone calls . Every day I wait now I will be subtracting the cost of fuel from my bill . If they can power up long beach island with the devastation there Im sure they can power up a Little street like mine R in railroad means rear of the line .
Rick November 09, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Glad I could help John. BTW, they are NOT powering up LBI at this point. And the nor'easter turned out to be a dud compared to what it could have been. OSHA regs prohibit using bucket trucks if the wind is over 40 miles an hour. (That last tidbit has been on the radio & TV for the past week.)
John Eric Mangino November 10, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Funny I was on Long Beach Island first day the allowed residents Back Ship Bottom had power alot the island had power . Because they shut the gas Supply off to the whole Island . Tomorrow Island Is open to residents only and A 11:00 Pm curfew will be in effect .http://www.lbieoc.org/
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Bonnie Winters Akey November 16, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I'm not certain what any of the above comments from washed ashore have to do with our circumstances in Monmouth County. Isn't it simply a good thing that Pres. Obama and Gov. Christie are doing a good job together?
Theresa DiChiara November 19, 2012 at 03:14 AM
so many of you people post on here,with stupid stuff,if you have nothing helpful,or uplifting to say,try keeping your thoughts to yourself,you are taking up space that might be used by one who has something helpful to the readers just saying


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