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Gas Rationing Ends Tuesday, Power Back On For Most

Gov. Christie: New Jersey back to 'new normal.'

New Jersey has entered a new normal, Gov. Chris Christie said Monday.

With the recovery effort largely concluded, the focus of state and federal agencies will turn to rebuilding the parts of New Jersey devastated by Hurricane Sandy, he noted during an appearance at the newly established Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Office at the former Avaya building in Lincroft.

“We’ve returned to a sense of normalcy, that’s why I have the fleece off,” Christie said, joking about his signature accessory at a series of press conferences and appearances across the state. “It’s time to go back to work. It’s time to now focus on the task of rebuilding our state. The rebuilding process is not going to be easy. It’s going to be expensive and it’s going to take time.”

Power has been restored to all but 1,000 residents, problems with clean water supply in parts of the state has been resolved, 98 percent of schools will be open by Tuesday, and the odd-even gas rationing system will end at 6 a.m., he said.

The new normal, according to the governor, means that most New Jersey residents are returning to their normal routines. And for those displaced by storm damage, providing emergency assistance and temporary housing through state and federal resources will be the focus in the weeks ahead. 

Some 877 individuals were housed in emergency shelter Sunday night, but the number of residents who require long-term housing is still being assessed, according to the governor.

“The unknown part of this is how many people are staying with friends and relatives who won’t able to do that for the long haul. Those are the people we’re going to have to accommodate going forward for more temporary housing,” Christie said.

Approximately 190,000 New Jersey have residents have registered with FEMA for and $127 million in aid has been approved, he noted.

In greeting an enthusiastic crowd of FEMA employees from across the country currently stationed in the Joint Field Office in Lincroft, Christie advised the workers that they would be fielding calls from a friendly by direct population in New Jersey.

“Our resilience has always been our biggest strength. There’s a lot of pain and lot of tears across the state and I’ve seen them first hand over the last two weeks. There’s an enormous sense of loss. But I’ve also met these same people who say, ‘We’re rebuilding. We’re coming back.’ I absolutely believe that that’s their intent,” he said.

Butch Wynegar November 12, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Big guy took his "Governor" jacket off, literally. What kind of a bombastic tool wears a fleece that says "governor". This guy reminds me of Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles, only fatter.
News Man November 12, 2012 at 09:32 PM
For now the Gov is our NJ leader.... Give him your support.... he has the information and people to set the priorities.
Joe Grasso November 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM
i'm a dem, but in this case i do support Christie and I think he's doing a great job for all of us.
jeff November 12, 2012 at 11:39 PM
He calls it like it is no BS, made cuts where needed, for instance, ridiculous gov't salaries, ie Superintendents for schools making over $215,000 a year down to reality. Our Superintendant now thinks the town van is his company car and the town generator is his too. I am all for the kids and education but 60% of OUR taxes pay goes to education.
Long Time Resident November 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Yep butch - your comment only serves to demonstrate what a jerk you are ....
Martatown November 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Besides the obvious things you can toss out about Christie, I don't see how anyone can fault the job he's doing. Unless of course you've been riding the gravy train and it's coming to a screeching stop...then I'd be mad too. Or embarrassed of what I've been bilking the taxpayers out of...
Mike Kupchik November 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I'm glad I never panicked, and after the new rules hit, didn't even go for a fill-up. Saw most stations tonight back up as usual. Even if you hate Christie, be aware Cuomo near-copied him.
Nose Wayne November 13, 2012 at 02:19 AM
The media put everyone in a gas frenzy, glad to see were back to normal.
Michael Regier November 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Anyone else lose power this morning? Has gone out for sections of neighborhood near Tuscan school.
STEVE SMITS November 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Regardless of party affiliations this Governor did and is continuing to do a Great Job.
Steven November 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I can't stand the way Christie treats the teachers, but he has been awesome during this crisis!!
Yankeefan November 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM
After Katrina, any buffoon in politics will play the disaster game well. Christie also knew full well that with the election coming up ,Federal assistance would be quick and easy to get. As far as his embracing of Obama, I've no doubt that there was a political reason for making that move. After all, he is trying to remain governor in a blue state. As far a him doing a good job outside of the Sandy emotions that many people seem to be affected by, I don't necessarily agree.
melikric November 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Hey Butch, Did the gov. cancel your gravy train, too?
TCG November 13, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Christie has done NOTHING. Other than failing to prepare by bringing in gasoline and generators BEFORE the storm, all he did was beg the dreaded Federal goverment he claims to hate for money. Guess that makes him part of the 47% who can't or won't take "personal responsibility." Oh right...he also had the courage to fly around from devastated town to devastated town using storm victims as props for his 2016 campaign ads. Then he told us it was he and only he who would determine when the rest of us could buy gasoline. So much for keeping the goverment out of our lives. And this from the guy who spent a week telling all of us to prepare for the storm while he did absolutely nothing. Please wake me up when even a single JCP&L contract is not renewed because of their utter lack of urgency after the storm. Christie is a political opportunist. He can talk, he just can't govern.
Nose Wayne November 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Maybe Obama should take some pointers from Christie ? No "non-cents" approach to Sandy's aftermath. We are STILL WAITING to see the money he promised us when he came to Fayette Avenue in Wayne in the aftermath of Irene.HELLO OBAMA,WERE STILL WAITING ?
Darlene Sneden November 13, 2012 at 03:34 PM
South side Bellevue Ave in Montclair lost power again this morning. Anyone else??
sammy November 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
spoken like a true hater. take the blinders off... even die hard ny dems are shouting his praise.
Daniel M. Bresnahan November 13, 2012 at 05:45 PM
You people have plenty of anger but not a lot of facts.
Ridgewooder November 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Now where the heck is my Verizon Fios...all they do is keep pushing back the time promised for restoration of services. It's as if they have a monkey throwing darts to pick the date and time and when such date and time passes, the monkey throws again.
Ridgewooder November 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Could you educate us as to what facts you are referring to?
Scondo November 13, 2012 at 07:08 PM
The odd even move cracked that gas panic . I thought it amusing that Cuomo laughed at the sheer folly of the Jersey Gas Plan of odd even, pronouncing it absurd and a couple of days later adopted it as his own, without even saying thanks Chris. Christie is well aware that the State is forever changed by this storm and he is taking the right steps to mitigate the damages. Revenues from tourism will likely be way off for the next decade. AC is dead and will be for some time. So a guy like Christie who isn't a namby pamby is what we need now.
XJS November 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I haven't had to fillup either yet. Probably Friday.
james November 13, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I read about that and I think you taxpayers should get that little loophole removed. At the same time figure out how to get rid of you Superintendent since he seems to be a fool with no common sense. Education can only take you so far in the world.

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