PARSIPPANY, NJ - Parsippany's state legislators are fighting for Parsippany residents to get their power back on. According to State Senator Joe Pennacchio who said, "I have been in contact with JCPL. They have committed a great deal of resources especially to Morris County which was hit the hardest. Their priority which was expressed to myself and the Governor has been to clear roads of dangerous wires, restore power to the customers who have been out of power for a week and devote resources to getting all their customers back on line. There will be plenty of time for finger pointing however let’s devote our energies now to getting the power back on. Six new crews heading to Parsippany now".
Assemblyman Jay Webber is also demanding assistance for residents. "“My staff and I were in contact with local officials and the Governor’s office even before the storm began, and we are communicating and meeting with utility officials to handle and urgently restore power in neighborhoods and homes. We also are constantly available and responsive to individual constituents who are reaching out to us about resolving particular problems and emergency situations, such as senior citizen homes without heat. We will remain on call and are committed to seeing power restored as soon as possible.”
State Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce put out a press release yesterday quoting her as saying this:
“There is great concern from municipal officials with roadways shutdown and continued power outages across Morris, Essex, and Passaic counties since Friday,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). The administration needs to provide greater resources to the municipalities in helping get residents out of their homes and into warming centers.
Currently JCP&L, with over 2, 000 workers, cannot access all the neighborhoods they need to get into,” DeCroce continued “The governor needs to strongly consider sending out members from the National Guard to help assist the communities. We need to address the current needs in the event another storm hits us possibly on Monday.”
DeCroce said a pileup on Rt. 10 yesterday left people stranded in their vehicles for hours.
Resources that would have been used to help plow Routes 46, 80 and 287 were sent instead to deal with the accident.
Legislators from both sides of the aisle are calling on Governor Murphy to implore additional resources. Comments from Morris County residents even state they miss "Chris Christie's parka".