Nov 3 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on
Saturday said he has ordered county clerks to open their offices
on Saturday and Sunday to allow early voting for residents
affected by superstorm Sandy.
The storm devastated the eastern part of the state, leaving
at least 22 dead and more than 1 million customers still without
The governor also said paper ballots would be made available
on Election Day, Tuesday, at polling stations that still do not
He also said the state will soon have more than 11,000
utility workers on the job of restoring power. Nearly 1.3
million New Jersey electricity customers, about one third of the
state, remained without power as of Saturday, according to the
U.S. Department of Energy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon be working
with those who are likely to be long-term evacuees, many from
the New Jersey shore's hard-hit barrier islands, to find
temporary housing outside of emergency shelters, Christie said.
In a press briefing from the town of Little Ferry, the
governor also said he has ordered the natural gas systems shut
off on many of the barrier islands hit by the storm because of
the fire hazard they pose.
(Reporting by Dan Burns; Editing by Jackie Frank)