In the wake of Sandy, 775K in New Jersey still in the dark even as recovery continues

Nov 5, 2012 Full story: NJ.com

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Since: May 11

NYC

#1 Nov 5, 2012
Undoubtedly, the people of New Jersey who pay about the highest taxes in the country deserve better than being left in the dark after more than 7 nights. In places such as Mount Olive and Netcong the damage was minor with few trees down while in many places the electric cables are underground. Yet, JCP&L trucks are rarely seen in these NJ deserted towns that look more like ghost towns that have no light, food, power, restaurants or supermarkets after seven days and would look the same much longer. For some reason, JCP & L is working very slowly with reduce amount of trucks and with no help from FIMA that Gov. Christie sent home for vacation. The people of New Jersey deserve better than a third world quality services while the taxes are sky rocketed. In addition Governor Christie decided to leave the people of NJ without gasoline while there is no shortage of Gas in Pennsylvania. Does Gov. Christie who cannot care about more than 70% gas stations with no power cannot use generators from FIMA to stop the shameful rationing of 30% gas stations with two police officers in each making sure that cars with odd or even license numbers cannot get gasoline on a certain date? How low will the people of NJ will go without power, food, water, gasoline, heat, restaurants, supermarkets while not standing up to bunch of loser politicians who show themselves only before the elections?

Since: Dec 07

Spring, TX

#2 Nov 5, 2012
Jeff Brightone wrote:
Undoubtedly, the people of New Jersey who pay about the highest taxes in the country deserve better than being left in the dark after more than 7 nights. In places such as Mount Olive and Netcong the damage was minor with few trees down while in many places the electric cables are underground. Yet, JCP&L trucks are rarely seen in these NJ deserted towns that look more like ghost towns that have no light, food, power, restaurants or supermarkets after seven days and would look the same much longer. For some reason, JCP & L is working very slowly with reduce amount of trucks and with no help from FIMA that Gov. Christie sent home for vacation. The people of New Jersey deserve better than a third world quality services while the taxes are sky rocketed. In addition Governor Christie decided to leave the people of NJ without gasoline while there is no shortage of Gas in Pennsylvania. Does Gov. Christie who cannot care about more than 70% gas stations with no power cannot use generators from FIMA to stop the shameful rationing of 30% gas stations with two police officers in each making sure that cars with odd or even license numbers cannot get gasoline on a certain date? How low will the people of NJ will go without power, food, water, gasoline, heat, restaurants, supermarkets while not standing up to bunch of loser politicians who show themselves only before the elections?
The left never lets a crises go to waste.

Many gas stations are without electricity.......can't run pumps without it, screwball.

Gov. Christie is being praised by most in New Jersey. Many states including ours have sent hundreds of linemen to help restore power, four companies here have donated the men and machinery. We still remember YOU saying burn, baby, burn during the Texas fires of 2011. The left has become a party of hate and whining.

And where is your fearless leader nobama?? Campaigning in Colorado and Ohio! You'd be all over Bush if he was doing the same thing, eh?
carpetbaggers

Bryn Mawr, PA

#3 Nov 5, 2012
It's over a week now so phone another report if still no power. Dont assume they know about YOUR problem or someone else phoned it in. Seek out state representatives if needed. When this is over file a complaint with state utility regulators. I think it's the New Jersey Board of Utilities. Also file a complaint with the Dept of Energy and your federal rep.

In the future file a service request anytime you have service trouble to document problems in your area. And to document the lack of preventative maintenance by the power companies photograph potentials hazards including damaged or leaning poles, over grown trees/sagging branches etc. Send companies to the power company and state regulators. A bigger tree trimming program would've prevented alot of problems along with pole replacements.

The problem is with the utilities it is their plant and responsibility. The governor can request/ask that the local power companies use the help or find help on their own but the power company must be informed before their plant is worked on. Because power is a safety hazard only power companies will handle the cables including moving them to a new pole placed by someone else. Some times the phone or cable company might move others plant but power company must be handled by the power company in most cases.

These powers companies also need to find away to give temporary power through generators and/or run temporary lines on the ground to bypass the spans of downed poles while they are worked on and replaced.

Good Luck to all affected

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