Christie to utilities: Step up post-storm response
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey's power providers must do a better job responding to
weather emergencies — or pay the price.
Christie on Wednesday proposed legislation that would help protect utility
customers from experiencing extended outages after storms, and would
significantly increase fines if the utilities fail to deliver.
The utilities were slow to restore power New Jersey
customers left in the dark by Hurricane Irene a year ago and a freak autumn
snowstorm two months later.
A preliminary review by the Board of Public Utilities recommended that the
four publicly regulated utilities add more staff during storms, use social media
to keep customers informed and reach out to those with disabilities.
Some JCP&L customers waited more than a week before power was