Gov. Christie: Stay Off Roads During Winter Storm
In interviews with New York TV stations, the governor said his family was among 600,000 residents statewide without electricity, mainly in northern New Jersey.
After declaring a State of Emergency earlier this evening, Governor Christie addressed New Jersey residents via telephone interviews on three New York City television stations.
Christie noted that 600,000 are without power in New Jersey and that number will continue to go up before it goes back down. He warned that the snow won’t taper off in this area until about midnight.
“There are trees down everywhere,” Christie said. “Don’t leave your house. There are downed power lines everywhere. Crews are out restoring power, but the best thing you can do to help is stay off the road.”
Christie said the worst hit areas are in northern New Jersey.
“110,000 people in Morris County are without power including the governor. It gets better as you go south.”
He also stated that New Jersey was ready for the storm. “We had 48 hours notice but this is more snow than we expected. It also came earlier than we expected.”
Christie assured viewers that every DOT truck and all private contractors are out on the road; the state was not caught off guard by this storm, he said.
“The problem is that we can’t get trees off the road fast enough. Twenty-five state roads are completely closed; over 60 are partially closed,” Christie said.