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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 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. 

Patch has made two calls to JCP&L and has yet to obtain reaction to the governor's statement. We will post that information once it becomes available.

"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 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. 

s November 09, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Start calling the Gov's office!
Opinionated November 09, 2012 at 06:01 PM
There seems to be a LOT of questions of the maintaince of JCPL's equipment. Obviously, this would not mitigate the storm damage (I might be wrong on that) but it seems to be affecting the repair efforts because it is more time consuming to repai antiquated components. We all know how our quality of service since deregulation has been downgraded. To Denise: this may the a good subject for you to research and report on. Just a thought.
Maggie November 09, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Anything on what just happened in Tinton Falls? Widespread area just lost power in the last 20 minutes - some came back on, some didn't - and fire house alarms on the north end of town are going off. NOW WHAT???? These poor people!
Fatty Mcbutterpants November 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
With any luck after this storm, we will be able to choose from several different power companies.Competition beats all
Ralph November 09, 2012 at 08:18 PM
You can call JCP&L at 330-384-5620......and file a formal comlaint. I did, and the lady said she would pass the info onto the Customer Service Advocate who will be in touch.
J C P L November 09, 2012 at 08:37 PM
You idoits deleted my comment and edited that one but IT STILL HAS NOT BEEN 13 DAYS SINCE THE STORM!!
Life in Freehold November 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
FEMA is providing financial assistance to the utility companies. Yes, we understand the magnitude but a company as large as JCP&L should be prepared for these types of emergencies. Their service has been subpar for some time now. This is the icing on the cake.
Sheila Wall November 09, 2012 at 09:49 PM
When you have the mayor telling their citizens to bombard jcp&l with phone calls that's what happens. Don't blame jcp&l for not being able to handle every call. An estimate that is not met does not instantaneously become a lie. Count your blessings, thank everyone who is working so hard and reach out to help your neighbor and community.
Peter Koenig November 09, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Wouldn't hold my breath on that call - not saying it shouldn't be done. 330 area code is Akron, Ohio. It's not JCP&L; it's FirstEnergy. You'd be lucky if the lady even knows where Monmouth County is. When I called "JCP&L," the Ohio customer service rep (employed by First Energy, not JCP&L; I asked) refused to believe that Long Branch was a city, kept asking me for the name of my "township," and did not know that Monmouth County was in New Jersey. Oh, she also refused to give me any information at all.
Peter Koenig November 09, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Bombard away. We need to let FirstEnergy of Akron, Ohio know we exist, and we're very unhappy. With due respect, I doubt that the reason First Energy is being unresponsive is that we are asking too many questions or calling too often. And, as most of us know, those estimates were always bogus. JCP&L summoned our Mayor to its offices last Saturday, and then refused to tell him anything. Five days after the storm, JCP&L certainly should have known what was wrong, how many trucks were where, what they were doing, and how long it would take to fix things. I thank the crews from Georgia and Alabama who finally restored our power - and I regret that JCP&L needed those good people to travel hundreds of miles to do what JCP&L can't do.
dizzybritches November 09, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I'm ready to fire JCP&L.
Bob Tyson November 10, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Fatty Mcbutterpants, You have been able to choose different energy companys all along. JCP&L is only the delivery system of the energy. There is no compition there. You need to complain to the Utility Commision & Govenors Office in order to effect change with JCP&L.
Artist/Engineer November 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
In my adult community in Ocean County, we were without power for 8 days due to Sandy and another day from Athena. A friend who lives in Florida told me his son works for Florida Power and Light and his crew was sent up to the JCP&L area to assist with disaster relief. They were told to go home since they were not of the same union. I spoke with crews from CT, IL, and AL in my area in the days after Sandy and they all told me they were not allowed to work on the lines until a JCP&L rep came to give them the OK. In some instances they were idle for days awaiting a JCP&L rep to give them the go-ahead signal. Huge waste of resources. We had a combined 250 houses in our community and the adjoining one with no power, heat, or hot water many of which are occupied by seniors in their 80's and 90's. The out of state crews told us we could have had power days before it they had only permitted them to do the work they came here to do. They were appalled at the poor management by JCP&L and inability to manage a big crisis. They also were appalled that they had to wait on line for 3 or 4 hours at a time to refuel their trucks. In other crises in other states, fuel depots were set up for repair crews with tanker deliveries to staging areas so the crews could get their work done. This was not done in NJ. The Governor should have used his authority to get that done. JCP&L must go. Incompetence should not be rewarded by continuing their license to do business in NJ.
wookfish November 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM
As a retired PSE&G lineman trouble shooter, look to blame the share holders..they wanted bigger dividends so how do we do that?..cut back on maint. and replacing old equipment , after all it doesn't cost anything to replace it after a storm..self insured.
Debbie Brew November 11, 2012 at 03:07 AM
sign the petition....horrible communication and management...and overcharging us: http://jcplshowusthemoney.org/ Still over 70 homes out in Holmdel entering Day 14...ridiculous! No one will give them any kind of answer. Unacceptable.
Sandy Anagnostis-Peace November 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Guess what?? He was full of crap!
BL November 12, 2012 at 03:13 AM
JCP&L has to be the worst run organization on the planet. They give no information except "power will be on tomorrow". No one has any answers. The men from Alabama Power fixed the wiring 2 days ago and told us we should be good to go. Guess what...still no power. It is so frustrating not knowing who to call or what to do. It has worn me down!
ms November 12, 2012 at 03:47 AM
No power still in Silverton either. JCP&L has a different answer everyday as to when the power will be back on and today they blamed FEMA. Day 14 no power and worn out.
Joey C November 12, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Here it is Monday, and still no power in Silverton
Susan Hondru November 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
No power east of the bridges in Manasquan as of last night!
Bill Olson November 12, 2012 at 05:47 PM
JD November 12, 2012 at 05:47 PM
From what I saw.... Alabama Power got lots of the tough jobs... replacing poles, major line issues, etc... JCP&L... just hit the reset buttons... perhaps some minor transformer issue... I don't think they did any poles replacements. In other words, give the hard jobs to the non-union..
kazoome November 12, 2012 at 05:59 PM
sad but true
Lou DeGeorge November 12, 2012 at 06:05 PM
It's funny how we hear about out of state power co's getting turned around for being non union . But you see them all over the place . Alabama and Florida have been in Middletown all week
s November 12, 2012 at 06:50 PM
The news out there is that they were not allowed to start working during the first couple of days, during which time union representatives were meeting with them. After that, they were able to begin working.
JCPL_SUCKS _BALLS November 12, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I was told by a crew from Texas that our power system is a joke. We have above ground lines with trees growing thru them (they were laughing) we don't have enough underground lines (laughing some more) and all the workers that have come from out of state CANNOT touch anything unitl a local crew arrives -- what a joke they are
Jim November 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Absolutely would have mitigated the damage. Our power infrastructure is terrible in NJ, we should have buried lines and substations protected against flooding. We bury Fiber Optic cabling in NJ and thats a lot more damage prone to freezing than power cabling is.
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On our own January 02, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I agree, any information we do get is usually misinformation. Power back? There are still no poles on my street yet! Typical BS.
On our own January 02, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Even our own town engineer wants to screw us by "readjusting" FEMAS new maps.


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