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Christie Says 'This is Our Katrina' as State Prepares to Rebuild from Hurricane Sandy

Speaking from a mangled boardwalk unlike the memories of his Jersey Shore childhood, Gov. Chris Christie said the Ocean County barrier island was still too unsafe for residents to return to, but vowed a return to normalcy for most of New Jersey on Monday.

"The power will be on, schools will be open, water is safe, gas is available," Christie said as he described what Monday in New Jersey will look like.

Gas Rationing May End Monday

Gov. Christie says he may lift gas rationing on Monday.

The governor, speaking at a press conference in Seaside Park on Friday, said the rationing has worked well and eased congestion at gas stations.

Sixth Defendant in Newark Schoolyard Slayings Found Guilty

Gerardo Gomez, the sixth defendant in the infamous execution-style Newark schoolyard murders that grabbed international headlines four years ago, was convicted Friday on murder charges, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said. 

Two Newark Gas Stations Accused of Price Gouging

Two Newark gas stations have been hit with a civil lawsuit accusing it of price gouging in wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The Lukoil at 335 McCarter Hwy. and Sunoco at 69 Wilson Ave. allegedly raised regular and premium-grade gas prices during the Oct. 27 state of emergency. The station is accused of raising the price of regular gas by 25 percent, from $3.60 to $4.50, premium-grade gas by 25 percent, plus-grade gas by 26 percent and diesel fuel by 31 percent, to $5.45 per gallon. New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs received 21 complaints about the station.

Galloway Man Who Murdered Three-Month Old Baby Sentenced to Life in Prison

A Galloway man found guilty of murdering his three-month old baby by throwing her into the Raritan River in 2010 was sentenced to life in prison, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Shamsiddin Abdur-Raheem, 24, was also sentenced to 30 years in prison, to be served consecutively, for kidnapping, Chiesa said. As a result, Abdur-Raheem must serve 89 years without the possibility of parole.

A total of about 15 homes are on day 12 without power on Rosemary Drive, and just recently had crews out to clear wires and poles that were blocking the only exit and entrance off their street—and now they want a little accountability.

Rosemary Drive resident Neha Pallod Limaye has taken that on with a petition she started Thursday to get JCP&L out of Bridgewater.

Judge Rules In Favor of Bergen Blue Law Suspension

A Bergen County Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of suspending Blue Laws —meaning Paramus stores will be open Sunday —despite the mayor's efforts to protect the law, claiming it favors the quality of life of borough residents.

Mayor Richard LaBarbiera stated Friday that "although the residents of Paramus and I strongly disagree with this ruling we will of course abide it."

Noreen Brunini November 11, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Short hills 8 30 am Sunday at least 2 houses on south terrace still out. Is anyone else still out in short hills?
Kris Hintz November 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Governor Christie certainly has his hands full. But it would be great to get an update on what is happening with NJ Transit, and when there might actually be trains running into NY. So many NJ people work in NY and now have to drive into the city at the crack of dawn, and NJ Transit has no information on their site indicating any ETA on getting the trains back online. A week, a month, a year? Not everybody who lives in NJ works in NJ.
Shyam November 11, 2012 at 02:48 PM
There is no power in the houses after West Road in South Terrace. That is more than ten houses now without power for nearly two weeks. This is the third time that we have lost power and get it last in two years
Salvatore Ferruggia November 11, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I pray for all those that have been so negatively affected by the storm.
Jean November 11, 2012 at 04:10 PM
This comment is for 'poor' Neha Pallod Limaye and the other residents of Rosemary Dr. in Bridgewater. JCP&L is doing their best. Ms. Limaye fails to remember the 1,000s of people who lost much more than their power...such as their children's lives,their homes, family heirlooms, their businesses... How can the residents of Rosemary Dr. be so selfish? Their lack of power is an INCONVENIENCE for sure, but they need a reality check. My pregnant daughter & husband lived in Midland Beach, Staten Island...NJ will be their home for a long time until they rebuild. They have a tree in their roof, still not removed by the city. No power either. No furnace, No hot water. No electrical service AND no flood insurance. 9 feet of salt water in the house! Maybe the residents of Rosemary Dr. could walk to the end of their block and go to NY and help the people throw out all their personal belongings into the st... to be taken to the landfill. Or go somewhere closer, and save gas. Go to my niece's home in Manasquan where we are currently throwing out their furniture, appliances, furnace, kitchen cabinets, walls, hardwood fls. etc. Get the picture? Stop feeling sorry for yourselves and help someone else. There is always someone worse off & helping others would make the world a better place. Afterwards they could go home to their dark homes to take a warm shower...something that my family members, now living in my home, can't do. THANK YOU to all of the exhaused emergency workers!
Amm November 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Where is the mayors daily letter or is she observing blue las
Amm November 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Blue Sunday o
Edward P. Campbell November 11, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Jean, No offence and just to make you aware, many of us here in Somerset county rely on wells for our water. No power, no well, no well, no water. Not even drinking water, let along a warm shower. Also, just to be very clear. Wells require a lot of power, so none but the most costly and largest emergency generators will run a well. Those that keep your refrigerator and a couple lights on, like you buy at Home Depot, don't stand a chance. 1,000 times worse, modern day septic systems need power too. Those without it are finding their houses flooded with their raw sewerage, and they don’t have electric power to even clean it up, or get the shiiit that is flooding in their houses out! Which is worse? A house with saltwater in it, of a house with raw sewerage? Sandy has placed a burden on us all. We all need to love each other to get out of this mess. Running around screaming my tragedy is worse than your tragedy does nothing!
Rochelle76 November 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
60 houses still out as of 1:45PM Sunday Nov 11 in the poet section due to one downed pole and transformer at Chaucer and Spenser. No one has touched it in 13 days and looks like it did back on the morning of October 30.
Noreen Brunini November 11, 2012 at 08:56 PM
We feel very fortunate to have finally recovered our power. I can imagine the seething anger of the approx 100 residents who have been told it will be at least one more day especially after the CodeRed calls basically saying its each residents responsibility to commander their own utility truck today. What a chaotic free for all.
Jean November 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Edward, I am not running around claiming my tragedy is worse than your tragedy. I am very greatful to all of the emergency workers that are coming from all over the country to help with recovery. My point was why criticize the workers of JCP&L? What is the point of a petition? They are working day & night, are exhausted, & many of them are away from their homes that also need repair. We are all very lucky to have the help of strangers and we are blessed to be able to say that everyone is safe. JUST STOP THE CRITICISM and be patient.
woresident November 12, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Maybe you should read tha article again. Neha want saying anything against the workers but the management of JCPL. Work crews werent even assigned to her street. The tress blocked the street and residents could not drive put. They had no water. How is it selfish for people to demad answers from the company responsible for the clean up when no one has done anything for their street? I am shocked the trees were not removed. What if a fire occurred because of candles or a generator, how does the fire dept get thru? There are always people worse off and better off. JCPL seems not be able to manage emergency response. People have a right to answers. Guess it's only your family we should worry about

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