STATE – Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey’s two Democratic senators, Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez, have asked President Barack Obama to expedite the Garden State’s request for assistance from the federal government in the wake of Hurricane Irene.
STATE – Utilities are continuing to restore service to customers who lost power due to damage from Hurricane Irene, but thousands throughout New Jersey remain in the dark.
NEWARK – Gov. Chris Christie, Attorney General Paula T. Dow, and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today warned consumers to watch for home repair scams and charity scams during the post-Hurricane Irene recovery period.
TRENTON – New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Tom Considine today offered tips to consumers on filing insurance claims in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
STATE – As the cleanup from Hurricane Irene continues, reports of deaths attributed to the storm continue to mount.
NEWARK – NJ Transit has restored rail service to most of its destinations, though some stops are still being skipped because of flooding and all trains are subject to delays. Buses are operating on a regular weekday schedule, though there may still be delays, detours and cancellations due to flooding.
Rahway resident Carmen Serrano sent in these photos of Rahway, taken Sunday after Hurricane Irene caused major flooding in the city.
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STATE – In addition to widespread flooding and power outages, Hurricane Irene also caused a blood shortage, according to New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center. The supply of several blood types, including O-negative (“universal donor”) blood, which is normally maintained at the three-to-five-day inventory level, has dropped below the two-day minimum level.