KEANSBERG - Gov. Chris Christie said Monday the state is moving in the right direction and returning to normalcy after the hurricane.
Still, challenges remain, he said as he addressed hundreds of volunteers who helped distribute food, toiletries and clothes to residents who lost power in this beleaguered Monmouth County community where approximately 50 percent of the residents are still out of power.
Christie said some 40 percent of the schools were opened today and some 760,000 customers are still out of power. Just a week ago more than 2.5 million had their electricity knocked out by Hurricane Sandy.
One of the more disturbing things is having to comfort children he sees during damage assessment visits around the state, Christie said.
“I’ve hugged a lot of crying adults. I have a harder time with crying children,” he said.
Still, there was progress.
Christie said odd/even gas rationing that was instituted Saturday afternoon has helped in reducing excessively long waits at gas stations. He expects the rationing system to remain in place for another day or two, just to be on the safe side in case any disturbance occurs following the Nor’easter that is forecast for Tuesday night.
“New Jerseyans are still uptight,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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