Governor says 82 percent of affected customers have had power restored

TRENTON – Gov. Christie said late this afternoon that 82 percent of customers left without power as a result of the weekend snowstorm have had power restored.

Christie said in a release that following a conference call with utilities and state officials, 95 percent restoration should be achieved by midnight Thursday.

For the third consecutive day,  Christie said that he held a conference call with Board of Public Utilities President Lee Solomon, PSEG President and CEO Ralph LaRossa, and JCP&L President Don Lynch, to receive an update on the progress of storm recovery and power restoration efforts.

According to the governor’s office, PSEG reported today that 93 percent of the affected customers have had their power restored, while 41,000 customers remain without power. JCP&L reported restoration of  74 percent of affected customers, while 94,000 remain without power.

“The ongoing storm response activities by PSEG and JCP&L have made positive progress over the last day, with 82 percent of all impacted utility customers now back online,” Christie said. “Both utilities have assured me that efforts remain on track to meet the goal of restoring power to 95 percent of affected customers or more by midnight tomorrow night.”

Christie also addressed reports of workers being threatened.

“Reports of employees from both PSEG and JCP&L being threatened by angry or upset customers are disturbing to hear and are completely unacceptable,” he said. “I know that being without power is frustrating, but taking it out on the men and women who are working around the clock to restore power cannot be tolerated,” added the Governor.

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Governor says 200,000 still without power

 

Governor says 82 percent of affected customers have had power restored