Christie: Utility crews working around the clock to restore power

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said utility crews are working around the clock to try to restore power to an estimated 400,000 homes, and he has been holding daily conference calls with Board of Public Utilities Chief Lee Solomon, as well as the heads of PSEG and JCP&L.

Some 750,000 homes were affected by the October snowstorm over the weekend.

“Efforts to restore power are moving forward as quickly as possible,” Christie said this morning.

Downed trees took the transmission lines with them, further complicating the work.

The areas affected are mostly northern counties, including Morris (92,000 homes), Bergen (83,000) Hunterdon (31,000) and Essex (54,000).

Christie said by the end of Thursday , 95 percent of homes will have power restored.

He said the state will provide resources to help clear local and county roads severely impacted.

Christie himself was affected by the power outage, as his Mendham Township home was out of power between 3 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

He said there are some 1,200 crews on the road moving downed trees. JCP&L will have some out-of-state crews coming to work and PSEG will have crews coming from Georgia.