A new report says that Gov. Chris Christie has decided to miss an out-of-state fundraiser in order to continue to help in New Jersey with getting everything back in line. Christie has been touring the state following Hurricane Irene and pushing to get as much federal help as possible. The Star-Ledger reports that Christie has reached out to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour that he will not be able to make it because of the cleanup effort in New Jersey
The state is continuing to work on getting completely up and running after Hurricane Irene impacted the ara over the weekend. Gov. Chris Christie has been touring the state to look at the damage and said he is hoping that President Barack Obama will sign off on a declaration to provide quicker relief to New Jersey in the wake of the storm. A number of homes have significant water damage in North Jersey as the rivers have been overflowed. Christie has also said that the Jersey Shore is open and encourages tourists to come back down.
Hurricane Irene has claimed six victims in New Jersey. The Associated Press reports that a man’s body was found at 10:40am Monday in a jetty of the Manasquan River inlet. The man was identified as 25 year-old Jorge Hernandez of Point Pleasant Beach. A second man’s body was found about 2 hours later in a nearby area of the inlet and has not yet been identified. Police in Wanaque reported the death of 39 year old Scott Palecek due to flooding.Palecek was inspecting an athletic field when a pipe broke loose and swept him away. Police say he drowned and was found 100 feet away from the field.
A man who was arrested in Lower Township ended up dead. The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lower Township Police Department say that James O’Neill was observed trying to break into a home on the 600 block of Wayne Ave in North Cape May. He had cuts on his arm from a broken window. The 40-year-old resisted arrest and the Lower Township Rescue were called in because of mental health issues. Attempts to revive O’Neill at the Cape Regional Medical Center were unsuccessful. O’Neill was being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and terroristic threats. The Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case.
A new report says union workers and Gov. Chris Christie are on separate sides again. The Star-Ledger reports that Union heads were upset that they had to come to work, even though Christie encouraged private workers to stay home unless entirely possible. Many parts of the state did not make out as good as Cape May County and flooding has continued into Monday. The report says that many public workers ended up sitting in traffic to make it into the office on Monday. Christie said during a press conference that it is the state’s job to show up to work during times like this and get things back on track.
Federal aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement the state and local emergency response efforts resulting from Hurricane Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Christie Administration announced.
“This assistance enhanced the State’s capability to respond quickly and put assets into place where they were needed to help New Jersey residents impacted by the storm,” Christie said. “It will also significantly lessen the financial burden this storm is taking on State, county, and municipal budgets.”
Under Title V of the Stafford Act, FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures authorized to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.
FEMA will provide assistance for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, which provides 75 percent federal funding.
He has won only two playoff games in his career, but the Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly given quarterback Michael Vick 100 million reasons to be happy. The NFL Network reported Monday night that the Eagles and Vick have agreed to a six year, $100 million contract. The contract includes nearly $40 million in guaranteed money and averages about $16 million over the next three seasons.
State officials are trying to convince potential visitors that the Jersey Shore is doing well and open for business this week in advance of the final holiday weekend. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno was in Atlantic City on Monday and spoke about how well the shore areas have recovered from Hurricane Irene. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is also going to to some shore resorts this week to promote that they are open for business as well.
It’s a long, tough week for electric companies in New Jersey. Hurricane Irene knocked out power to nearly a million customers over the weekend. About half of those customers have been restored, but utility companies across the state say the job is far from over. It could take until the weekend to bring most of the customers back on the power grid. Atlantic City Electric is hopeful that its customers will be completely back in service just before Labor Day weekend.
The Chatterband will close the Wildwood Crest summer concert series. The concert will take place on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park. This all-ages show is free and open to the entire family. Those attending the show should bring a blanket or a chair. Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. Free parking for the show is available at Myrtle Road and Ocean Avenue.