Gov. Reports Utilities Are Making Progress In Restoring Power

Gov. Chris Christie

TRENTON–As of this afternoon, 82 percent of total affected utility customers have had their power restored, with 95 percent of restorations still projected to be met by midnight Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie reported after his conference call with Board of Public Utilities President Lee Solomon, PSEG President and CEO Ralph LaRossa, and JCP&L President Don Lynch.

On today’s call, PSEG reported that 93 percent of total impacted customers had their power restored, while 41,000 customers remain without power. JCP&L reported restoration to 74 percent of total impacted 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,” said Christie. “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.”

Fifty-three percent of PSEG’s customers who were without power yesterday have had their power restored through today. Fourty-eight percent of JCP&L’s customers who were without power yesterday have had their power restored through today.

“Reports of employees from both PSEG and JCP&L being threatened by angry or upset customers are disturbing to hear and are completely unacceptable. 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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