New Jersey’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy rammed into overdrive today, as Gov. Christie visited Moonachie, brought the hammer down on utility executives and conducted a massive conference call with officials statewide that included a drop-in from President Obama.
Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and her administration also brought the locals up to speed during a fact-filled call of her own.
The time for sorrow is over, Christie said. It’s now time for “triage and attack,” he said.
We prefer to call it the “ Jersey Bounceback “:
Christie summoned the heads of the respective energy companies in New Jersey and their parent companies, then took off in his State Police helicopter for Bergen County.
“I told them they weren’t leaving the building until they gave FEMA the list of personnel they would need in order to get power restored much more quickly than they have announced so far,” said the governor, surrounded by firefighters and other emergency workers at a news conference in Moonachie.
Donovan and her staff, in turn, briefed local officials in a fact-filled call.
Awaiting fuel promised by the federal government, Bergen County officials are “still meeting the demands” of all municipalities for emergency services.
Six distribution points are being established for more than 1 million gallons of fuel coming in. The anticipated reinforcements should head off a shortfall, county OEM Director Dwayne Razzetti said.
It could also reduce mile-long lines at those service stations that are open and get those closed back in business.
SEE: Feds sending fuel
NJ Transit resumed 80% of bus service today. Christie said he expects it to be 100% by Monday, “when people begin to go back to work in earnest.” NJT extended the validity period for October monthly passes to Nov. 7, he added.
Rail service remains suspended, however — and with good reason.
PATH service remains suspended until further notice.
JFK and Newark airports are fully operational. LaGuardia is nearly up to speed. Teterboro Airport is open for service during daylight hours.
The Holland, Midtown and Brooklyn Battery tunnels remain closed. Although the Lincoln Tunnel is open, the City of New York isn’t allowing vehicles with fewer than three passengers into Manhattan between 6 a.m. and midnight.
Ferries are running between New Jersey and New York from 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Bergen County today was declared a disaster area — a critical distinction.
“That means anybody who has to can apply right now for assistance,” Donovan said. “That’s real good news for people who’ve been affected by this storm,” she said, adding that FEMA inspectors are expected within 24 to 48 hours for those who request assistance.
Everyone will eventually find out where SATs won’t be administered this weekend, but here’s a rule of thumb: If the school is closed for classes tomorrow, assume it won’t be open Saturday. TAKE NOTE, however: The College Board is warning students not to go to another school: Supervisors “cannot admit standbys or walk-ins.”
Everyone in New Jersey will be given the easiest opportunity to vote in next week’s election despite the unprecedented damage of Hurricane Sandy, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said this afternoon. A series of measures has been taken to secure a fair, open, and transparent election, she said.
State authorities have extended all driver’s licenses, registrations and inspections that expired yesterday to the end of this month as a result of Sandy.
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