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Gov. Christie: New Jersey back to 'new normal.'

New Jersey has entered a new normal, Gov. Chris Christie said Monday.

With the recovery effort largely concluded, the focus of state and federal agencies will turn to rebuilding the parts of New Jersey devastated by Hurricane Sandy, he noted during an appearance at the newly established Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Office at the former Avaya building in Lincroft.

“We’ve returned to a sense of normalcy, that’s why I have the fleece off,” Christie said, joking about his signature accessory at a series of press conferences and appearances across the state. “It’s time to go back to work. It’s time to now focus on the task of rebuilding our state. The rebuilding process is not going to be easy. It’s going to be expensive and it’s going to take time.”

Power has been restored to all but 1,000 residents, problems with clean water supply in parts of the state has been resolved, 98 percent of schools will be open by Tuesday, and the odd-even gas rationing system will end at 6 a.m., he said.

The new normal, according to the governor, means that most New Jersey residents are returning to their normal routines. And for those displaced by storm damage, providing emergency assistance and temporary housing through state and federal resources will be the focus in the weeks ahead. 

Some 877 individuals were housed in emergency shelter Sunday night, but the number of residents who require long-term housing is still being assessed, according to the governor.

“The unknown part of this is how many people are staying with friends and relatives who won’t able to do that for the long haul. Those are the people we’re going to have to accommodate going forward for more temporary housing,” Christie said.

Approximately 190,000 New Jersey have residents have registered with FEMA for and $127 million in aid has been approved, he noted.

In greeting an enthusiastic crowd of FEMA employees from across the country currently stationed in the Joint Field Office in Lincroft, Christie advised the workers that they would be fielding calls from a friendly by direct population in New Jersey.

“Our resilience has always been our biggest strength. There’s a lot of pain and lot of tears across the state and I’ve seen them first hand over the last two weeks. There’s an enormous sense of loss. But I’ve also met these same people who say, ‘We’re rebuilding. We’re coming back.’ I absolutely believe that that’s their intent,” he said.

Ridgewooder November 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Now where the heck is my Verizon Fios...all they do is keep pushing back the time promised for restoration of services. It's as if they have a monkey throwing darts to pick the date and time and when such date and time passes, the monkey throws again.
Ridgewooder November 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Could you educate us as to what facts you are referring to?
Scondo November 13, 2012 at 07:08 PM
The odd even move cracked that gas panic . I thought it amusing that Cuomo laughed at the sheer folly of the Jersey Gas Plan of odd even, pronouncing it absurd and a couple of days later adopted it as his own, without even saying thanks Chris. Christie is well aware that the State is forever changed by this storm and he is taking the right steps to mitigate the damages. Revenues from tourism will likely be way off for the next decade. AC is dead and will be for some time. So a guy like Christie who isn't a namby pamby is what we need now.
XJS November 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I haven't had to fillup either yet. Probably Friday.
james November 13, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I read about that and I think you taxpayers should get that little loophole removed. At the same time figure out how to get rid of you Superintendent since he seems to be a fool with no common sense. Education can only take you so far in the world.

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