Looming crossroads: Election day and power outages

TRENTON – When asked Wednesday afternoon if there are contingency plans in place in case electricity isn’t restored fully by Election Day on Tuesday, Ernie Landante, spokesperson for Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, referred to Gov. Chris Christie’s response earlier in the week.

“My job in the next couple of days is to keep people alive,” Christie said Sunday evening. “If they’re not alive they can’t vote.”

Nonetheless, Guadagno, who also serves as Secretary of State, has been in conference calls with other secretaries of state on the eastern seaboard, Christie said, to draw up contingency plans.  

“That is way down the line of my list of concerns,” Christie said at the time. “We’ll get to our national election when we get to it. If a natural disaster intervenes, it intervenes. But I’m sure we’ll be able to handle it.”

Many of the voting districts in the Garden State use electronic voting machines.

  Looming crossroads: Election day and power outages