POOL VIDEO - AP CLIENTS ONLY
Somerset, N.J. - November 8, 2012
SOUNDBITE: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: "So I talked yesterday to all of you about the nor'easter, which hit late yesterday and continued overnight. Good news is that 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. So let's talk about the big issues everybody gets concerned about. First let's start with power. Some people did experience power outages as a result of the snow and wind from yesterday, which has set us back slightly from our progress of the day before. As of this morning 390,746 customers are without power. That's up about 19,000 from yesterday. Approximately 222, 000 of the outages are from Sandy. 167,000 of the outages are form the nor'easter. So you can tell that we continue to take people affected by Hurricane Sandy off even yesterday during the storm until it got too much for folks to work. So the deal with the aftermath of yesterdays storm, I continue to restore power to folks who have been without it since Sandy. The utility companies are keeping crews in the state through the storm rather than releasing them when no longer needed. These crews are working through not only the storm that just finished and they did a number of things that were extraordinarily helpful."
SOUNDBITE: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: "I really believe that with the exception of a few outliers in some very difficult areas like some of the barrier island towns especially the ones between Point Pleasant Beach and Seaside Heights, with the exception of those, I think that most people will have power by Saturday. And this set us back probably a day, 24 hours- 36 hours. I thought we would have everybody online by late Thursday, early Friday. This probably pushes us back to late Saturday, maybe early Sunday at the latest."
Gov. Chris Christie says Wednesday's nor'easter caused only a slight setback to Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts and he expects all New Jerseyans to have power back by early Sunday at the latest.
The governor Thursday praised the work of the utilities and utility crews, who have been working 16-hour days.
Christie said "Good news is that 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."
He said Jersey Central Power & Light's performance in this storm has been "significantly better" than it was during Tropical Storm Irene.