Thousands Of NJ Residents Still Waiting For The Lights To Come Back On After Saturday’s Snow

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STATE – Utility workers have restored power to most New Jersey residents who were affected by Saturday’s snowstorm, but that’s little comfort to nearly 200,000 customers who are still without electricity.

As of 8:30 a.m., PSE&G had restored power to 91 percent of its 571,000 customers that were impacted by the storm and was working to take care of the remaining 50,000 customers who remained without electricity.

JCP&L reported that 130,000 customers were still without power as of Tuesday morning, down from 365,000 total customers affected. The utility expects to have service restored to 95 percent of the affected customers by Thursday evening, with the remaining ones getting electricity back by Friday.

Gov. Chris Christie announced yesterday that he was deploying state Department of Transportation resources to help with the cleanup efforts.

“While there are still New Jerseyans without power, the storm response activities by PSEG and JCP&L continue to make progress. Expectations remain that 95 percent of utility customers will have their power back by the end of the day Thursday,” Christie said yesterday. “To assist in the restoration effort, resources from the Department of Transportation are out on the roads supplementing the utilities’ efforts, primarily in Morris County, to clear county and municipal roadways. We will continue to offer all of the assistance we can to ensure that every New Jerseyan gets their power back as quickly as possible.”

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