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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Christie Administration announced today that the NJ River Line light rail service will resume service starting at 3 p.m. today, making trips every 30 minutes between the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden and Trenton Transit Center. The restoration of this light rail service continues the Christie Administration’s ongoing storm assessment and restoration efforts related to NJ TRANSIT.
Due to significant damage across the State’s public transportation network, NJ TRANSIT rail and Access Link service will remain suspended until further notice. Newark Light Rail and Hudson Bergen Light Rail service also remain suspended until further notice. While bus service within the Camden area resumed service today, all other NJ TRANSIT bus service continues to remain suspended until further notice.
- Power outages in local communities have resulted in the loss of traffic control devices critical to safe operation. Downed tree limbs and power lines continue to make many roads impassable. Personnel are in the field reviewing and assessing these conditions. Service will be restored as it becomes safe to do so.
- As a result, bus service will remain suspended until further notice, with the exception of service in Camden County on the following routes:
- Full Service: Nos. 400, 401, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 410,412, 413, 414, 418, 419 (with detour at Rancocas Creek), 450, 451, 452, 453, 455 (with detour between National Park and Paulsboro), 457, 459 and 463
- Partial Service: Nos. 402 and 409
- There is no estimated time for the resumption of service. Service will remain suspended until further notice.
- Crews continue to inspect the rail infrastructure to get a full assessment of damage:
- NJ TRANSIT’s Rail Operations Center—the central nervous system of the railroad—was engulfed in water, which damaged backup power supply systems, the emergency generator, and the computer system that controls the movement of trains and power supply.
- Local power outages have prevented NJ TRANSIT rail operations from being able to further test crossing gates and operating signals.
- Hundreds of downed trees have fallen across the rail system, which have caused damage to overhead wires and signal wires.
- There are rail washouts across the system, including on the North Jersey Coast Line, Atlantic City Rail Line as well as at Kearny Junction, the critical link which enables MidTOWN Direct service to access the Northeast Corridor.
- Several rail stations have sustained flood damage, including Hoboken Terminal.
- Morgan Drawbridge on the North Jersey Coast Line in South Amboy sustained damage from boats and a trailer that collided into the bridge.
- River Line service will resume service starting at 3 p.m. today, operating every 30 minutes between Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden and Trenton Transit Center. Service remains suspended between Walter Rand Transportation Center and the Entertainment Center due to an ongoing power outage in downtown Camden.
- Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Newark Light Rail service will remain suspended until further notice. There is currently no estimated time for resumption of service.
- Crews continue to inspect the light rail infrastructure to get a full assessment of damage.
- Newark Light Rail sustained flooding in Newark Penn Station, as well as major debris damage between Newark Penn and Branch Brook Park stations.
- Hudson-Bergen Light Rail experienced track washouts at Port Imperial and West Side Avenue stations, as well as trees in the overhead wire in Weehawken and flooding in Hoboken.
- Access Link Paratransit Service will remain suspended until further notice. There is currently no estimated time for resumption of service.
The formal “alert’’ status at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, NJ was terminated at 3:52 a.m. today after the water levels at the plant’s intake system decreased to normal levels, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has confirmed this morning.
Offsite power also has been restored to the nuclear power facility, which had lost electrical service due to Hurricane Sandy and was using backup generators to power water pumps that cool the fuel stored in the nuclear reactor.
Water levels at the plant’s intake system are now at about 3 feet and declining, below the six-foot level that triggers a formal alert notification. The rising levels were the result of high tides, wind direction and storm surge that were caused by the storm. The notification of an “alert’’ is the second lowest NRC action level.
The NRC in a statement noted that Oyster Creek was in “safe condition,’’ with agency inspectors on site.
Formal notifications of the alert were properly made, as required by the Exelon Corp, owners of the plant, to the NRC, state Department of Environmental Protection and state Office of Emergency Management.
The Oyster Creek reactor had been off-line prior to Sandy for previously scheduled refueling and maintenance operations. The DEP and NRC continue to observe operations at Oyster Creek and the state’s other nuclear facilities.
DEP nuclear engineers monitor daily operations at the state’s power plants on a regular basis and will continue to monitor their status throughout the aftermath of the storm. Under the New Jersey Radiation Accident Response Act, the DEP and State Police coordinate and implement comprehensive state, county, and municipal response to nuclear emergencies and establish requirements for protecting the public in the event of nuclear emergencies.
The state has highly trained staff ready to initiate, at a moment's notice, an effective response to any nuclear power plant issue.
For NRC news releases on monitoring of nuclear power plants during the storm, visit: http://www.nrc.gov/
Citing the need to ensure the safety of the public amid the continued state of emergency in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order 105, postponing Halloween celebrations across New Jersey until Monday, November 5, 2012 as a result of continued unsafe conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Christie. “In too many communities in our state, the damage and losses from this storm are still being sorted out, and dangerous conditions abound even as our emergency management and response officials continue their work. As Governor, it is my responsibility to use all available resources of the state government to protect against the emergency created by Hurricane Sandy – postponing Halloween celebrations by five days is a commonsense and necessary step to accomplish that.”
The damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy poses a continued threat to public safety in communities across New Jersey due to flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines, roadway closures, and disruptions in electrical service, making it unsafe and imprudent to participate in traditional celebrations, such as trick-or-treat walks. Local officials are advised to notify and encourage their communities and residents to delay any planned celebrations until Monday.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Following are press pool notes from Governor Chris Christie's tour today of storm devastated areas along the Jersey shore. These notes were filed by Angella Delli Santi of the Associated Press:
Gov. Chris Christie took a four-and-a-half-hour helicopter tour of New
Jersey's Sandy-ravaged coast on Tuesday, stopping in Belmar and Avalon
to survey the damage firsthand and to offer a sympathetic ear and
encouraging word to residents and first-responders.
In Belmar, which was hit hard by the storm, Christie encountered one
woman who cried and a man, Walter Patrickis, 42, who told him,
"governor, I lost everything."
From the air, Christie and several cabinet members saw homes surrounded
by water, residential blocks ending in the bay, submerged gazebos, roads
made impassable by drifted sand, a few smoldering fires where
foundations used to be, and boats piled into one another like toys. The
hardest-hit area appeared to be north of where Sandy made landfall, from
Seaside to Belmar.
"I was just here walking this place this summer, and the fact that most
of it is gone is just incredible," Christie told Belmar Mayor Matt
Doherty while surveying damage on Ocean Avenue.
The boardwalk south of 10th Avenue had been washed away. A seaside
trailer was knocked off its foundation. The continued high winds were
keeping power crews from starting repairs at the shore.
"We're probably looking at a 7- to 10-day minimum to get power back
statewide," Christie said. Someone in the crowd groaned.
Doherty said pre-storm conference calls between the governor's office
and local mayors helped them be as prepared as possible. Doherty had
issued a mandatory evacuation for Belmar, surrounded on three sides by
water, which he told 0christie most residents heeded.
Christie said when he issued his now-famous "get the hell off the beach"
line last year it was because he was expecting Hurricane Irene to cause
the kind of destruction that Sandy caused.
Once the weather clears and the waters recede, damage assessments will
"Now we've got a big task ahead of us that we have to do together. This
is the kind of thing New Jerseyans are built for - we're plenty tough
and now we have a little more reason to be angry after this. Just what
we need in New Jersey, a chance to be a little more angry."
officials and met with first-responders.
He said for now no one was being allowed back on barrier islands. He
said the decision to allow residents to return may be made on a
county-by-county basis. He said decisions on school re-openings could
also be made the same way, once officials are assured that returning to
school won't imperil children, teachers or bus drivers.
"We'd like to get kids back to school and back to normalcy as quickly as
we can," He said.
He urged residents living on barrier islands or with summer homes there
to have patience.
"I'm not going to authorize any re-entry to the barrier islands
east-bound until further notice," Christie said, saying he'll be
assessing the situation a two or three times a day.
"The storm surge was just incredible," Christie told the officials. "The
river flooding that we got in Irene of the Raritan and the Passaic, we
didn't get any of that this time, but it was all storm surge. That's
what you're seeing here."
Cape May County Freeholder Gerald Thornton told Christie that Avalon
and Cape May fared pretty well but that Ocean City and Sea Isle
sustained more damage.
Christie said to expect an executive order later in the week
"It might even be funny to reschedule Halloween for Election Day," the
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Mitt Romney pitched in to help fill storm relief packages in Ohio so that supplies could be sent to those in New Jersey and other areas impacted by hurricane Sandy.
Romney was joined by Randy Owen, the lead singer of the country group Alabama.
"You can't always solve all the problems yourself, but you can make the difference in the life of one or two people as a result of one or two people making an effort," Romney said.
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The Christie Administration and Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd urge all residents to throw away any food that may have come in contact with flood or storm waters and individuals that have suffered power outages should keep their refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
Commissioner O'Dowd urged all residents to dispose of any perishable food that may have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more. Food will stay cold in the refrigerator for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. However, food above 40 degrees for 2 hours or more must be discarded.
"Perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk, and eggs that are not kept adequately refrigerated or frozen may cause illness if consumed, even when they are thoroughly cooked," said Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd.
Thawed food that contains ice crystals or is 40 degrees or below can be refrozen or cooked. If you plan to eat refrigerated or frozen meat, poultry, fish or eggs while it is still at safe temperatures, it's important that each item is thoroughly cooked to the proper temperature to assure that any foodborne bacteria that may be present is destroyed.
Information about municipalities that have issued boiled water advisories as well as instructions for safely boiling water for drinking can be found at http://www.nj.gov/health/er/documents/hurricane_health_safety_tips.pdf.
Below are some additional food safety tips to prevent illness during power outages, flooding and hurricane conditions:
- Add block ice or dry ice to your refrigerator if the electricity is expected to be off for more than four hours. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep an 18-cubic foot fully-stocked freezer cold for two days.
- Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-off caps, snap lids and pull tops.
- Discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
- Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting, or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener.
- Check to ensure that the freezer temperature is at or below 0 °F and the refrigerator is at or below 40 degrees
- Wash fruits and vegetables with water from a safe source before eating.
- For infants, if using formula, try to use prepared, canned baby formula that requires no added water. When using concentrated or powdered formulas, prepare with bottled water if the local water source is potentially contaminated.
- During power outages, the appliance thermometers will indicate the temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer to help you determine if the food is safe.
Once Power is Restored . . .
You'll need to determine the safety of your food. Here's how:
If an appliance thermometer was kept in the freezer, check the temperature when the power comes back on. If the freezer thermometer reads 40 degrees or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen.
If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. You can't rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40 degrees or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.
Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4 hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for two hours or more.
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Philly TV weathercaster Cecily Tynan denies that she called her colleague, Adam Joseph a "moron" because he did not have his microphone connected during storm coverage yesterday.
Various explanations have been given: Tynan was asking should she have "more on" (markup, that is) or she was asking "is mine on" (her microphone, that is).
But then Joseph himself said "Even if she did say it, its in good humor. We are like brother and sister."
So did she, or didn't she.
Watch the video and judge for yourself.
Governor Chris Christie updates the media on the severe weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy at the Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC) in Ewing, N.J. Governor Christie urges New Jerseyans to continue to be vigilant in monitoring conditions of the storm, its effect on their communities, and in making preparations for themselves and their families. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen) Hat tip: New Jersey Governor's OfficeSphere: Related Content
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission are carefully monitoring the impacts Hurricane Sandy on operations at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, which last night suffered power outages, declared an “alert’’ due to rising water levels, and lost a portion of its warning alarm system.
Exelon’s Oyster Creek reactor, which was off-line prior to Sandy for previously scheduled refueling and maintenance operations, lost off-site power last night due to the storm. The plant is temporarily being powered by backup diesel generators and a combustion turbine engine, which are providing energy for water pumps that cool the fuel stored in the reactor until normal power sources are restored.
Also last night, even though Oyster Creek is off-line Exelon was required under NRC regulations to report to the NRC and DEP an “alert’’ that occurred at 8:45 p.m. due to rising water levels in its canal that provides cooling water to the plant’s intake system. The rising levels were the result of high tides, wind direction and storm surge that were caused by the storm. The notification of an “alert’’ is the second lowest NRC action level.
The NRC in a statement noted that Oyster Creek remains in “safe condition,’’ with agency inspectors on site. “It also anticipates that water levels will abate within the next several hours,’’ returning to normal levels.
In addition, due to the power outages, Oyster Creek also reported a loss of operability of 21 of its warning sirens in its service area. It reported the situation, as required, to the NRC, as well as the DEP and state Office of Emergency Management. Efforts are being made to restore all sirens to operable status. Even though some sirens are out, there are other warning systems in place.
DEP nuclear engineers monitor daily operations at the state’s power plants on a regular basis and will continue to monitor their status throughout the storm and its aftermath. Under the New Jersey Radiation Accident Response Act, the DEP and State Police coordinate and implement comprehensive state, county, and municipal response to nuclear emergencies and establish requirements for protecting the public in the event of nuclear emergencies.
The state has highly trained staff ready to initiate, at a moment's notice, an effective response to any nuclear power plant issue.
For an NRC news release on monitoring of nuclear power plants during the storm, visit:
Monday, October 29, 2012
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is angry.
He's angry at the Mayor of Atlantic City.
His angry because the Mayor has not followed his directive in the wake of hurricane Sandy.
Christie blasted Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford today for putting his people in harm's way. Despite the Governor's order to evacuate all barrier islands including Atlantic City, Langford instead told his people to stay in the city and head to shelters dangerously close to water. Currently, one such shelter is flooding and it is too dangerous to send rescue crews out to rescue those stuck there. Because of Langford's inaction and what Christie calls "lack of leadership", some people in his city may die.
Christie hopes to be able to send federal search/rescue crews into the city as soon as possible in the morning when the worst of the storm moves on. The number of people stuck and potentially drowning in the shelters is unknown.
We thought you'd like to see some recent dishes (exactly as served) at some of our favorite restaurants and watering holes.
We hope you enjoy these! We always do.
Bobby's Burger Palace at the Cherry Hill Mall.
Avalon Rustic Italian Pasta Bistro in Downingtown, PA.
Tony Luke's in South Philly.
Sakura Spring, Cherry Hill.
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The New Jersey Turnpike Authority will close the Garden State Parkway in both directions south of Interchange 129 in Woodbridge Township as of 4 p.m. Monday.
The southern portion of the Parkway, from Cape May to Interchange 63 in Stafford Township, has been closed since early this afternoon. The additional 66 miles are being closed because of deteriorating conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy.
On the New Jersey Turnpike, the speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in both directions between the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Interchange 12 in Carteret. Motorcycles and car-pulled trailers have been banned on the full-length of the Turnpike.
Drivers should expect other significant closures and travel restrictions as the storm progresses.
All unnecessary travel should be avoided, but drivers who must travel should check http://www.511.com for up-to-the-minute information on travel conditions and road closures.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced today that federal aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement the state and local emergency response efforts resulting from Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday, Governor Chris Christie formally requested that President Barack Obama declare a pre-landfall emergency for New Jersey. This declaration allows the State to request funding and other assistance for actions taken in advance of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to make landfall in New Jersey late Monday evening.
"This assistance will enhance the State's capability to respond quickly and put assets into place where they are needed to help New Jersey residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy," said Governor Christie.
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.
For information concerning New Jersey's response to Hurricane Sandy visit www.ready.nj.gov
Residents needing information and referral for assistance with clean up and basic needs should call 2-1-1, New Jersey's Helpline
New Jersey residents can help their neighbors recover from storm damage Hurricane Sandy may cause by volunteering in their communities. Depending on the severity of the approaching storm, volunteers may be needed to help with a variety of clean-up activities.
"During Hurricane Irene, I saw firsthand how individual New Jerseyans worked selflessly to help others during a crisis," said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. "Based on what we learned, we established this volunteer emergency response hotline to enhance our responsiveness during emergencies and better organize volunteers. Today we’re activating the hotline so that our state is prepared to direct volunteers where help may be needed.”
If you are interested in volunteering, call the state’s volunteer emergency response hotline at 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). This hotline was established earlier this year to enhance the state's emergency responsiveness by harnessing New Jerseyans' strong spirit of service.
If storm conditions preclude the hotline from being answered by live operators, volunteers may call one of two backup hotline numbers: 609-775-5236 or 908-303-0471. Volunteers may also send an email to email@example.com.
If you are already a trained volunteer affiliated with an emergency response organization, please contact that agency to register your readiness to receive an assignment.
This hotline is managed by the New Jersey Business Action Center and the Governor's Office of Volunteerism. Both divisions are within the New Jersey Department of State.
Calls placed to the hotline will be received by the Business Action Center, which will work with the Office of Volunteerism and NJ AmeriCorps to match and direct volunteers where help is needed. When live operators are not available, callers can leave a voicemail message that includes their place of residence, availability and skills.
Those who need help from volunteers and other services may call 211 or go online at www.nj211.org.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority announced that it has closed the Garden State Parkway to traffic in both directions from Exit 38 at the Atlantic City Expressway to the toll road’s southern terminus in Cape May County.
The decision to close this approximately 35-mile section of the Parkway was made about 10 a.m. due to flooding in several locations. It will remain closed until further notice.
Motorists are advised that they should expect additional significant closures on both the Parkway and Turnpike in the coming hours as conditions continue to deteriorate.
All unnecessary travel should be avoided, but motorists who absolutely must travel should check www.511nj.org for up-to-the-minute information on travel conditions and road closures.
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today issued a warning to residents regarding potential dangers as a result of the effects of Hurricane Sandy. New Jerseyans should be prepared for the possibility of the loss of electric power, in some cases for extended periods of time.
“In similar situations, there have been a number of tragedies from the use of portable generators, candles and people coming into contact with downed power lines,” said Commissioner Constable. “It is imperative that people pay attention to these warnings to ensure they do not become a victim of a preventable accident.”
Acting Division of Fire Safety Director William Kramer, Jr., warns that gasoline and diesel powered generators release a large amount of carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas.
“Running generators within a basement, garage or any enclosed or partially enclosed structure will lead to a dangerous and often fatal accumulation of carbon monoxide,” said Acting Director Kramer. “Because the gas is odorless and colorless, the effects are not recognized and people can fall asleep. When this happens, it is usually too late for them to survive.”
The Division of Fire Safety recommends that generators only be used outdoors and well away from any structure. Also, never refill a generator with fuel while it is running or hot.
When electric power is out, many people turn to candles for light, which is dangerous. Candles are meant for effect and smell, not for lighting. They should never be left unattended, placed in areas where children or pets could knock them over, placed near combustible materials such as curtains, or kept burning while people are sleeping. If candles are used, make sure they are on a surface where they cannot slip or be knocked over.
It is not unusual during episodes of high wind for power lines to be blown down or taken down by falling trees. The Division of Fire Safety warns that every downed wire should be considered energized. People should stay away from them and contact their electricity provider. Also, be cautious when handling downed trees as live electrical lines may be hidden in the tree.
“Even if you know that the downed line is not electric, it could be wrapped around and energized by a live wire. Stay away,” Acting Director Kramer said.
The Division of Fire Safety serves as the central fire service agency in the State. The Division is responsible for the development and enforcement of the State Uniform Fire Code, as well as for implementing public education and firefighter training programs.
For more information, log on to http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dfs/ on the DCA website.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will close the Holland Tunnel at 2 p.m. today. Travelers are urged to seek an alternate crossing beginning around noon as workers begin the shutdown.
The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
All travelers are reminded to check http://www.panynj.gov for updated information about PATH, the airports, the tunnels and bridges, and all other Port Authority facilities. For further information about safety precautions, evacuation routes and best practices for New York State, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/stormwatch. For New Jersey, visit www.ready.nj.gov.
We see that lots of people are already venturing out trying to get photos, etc.
And we fear this will only get worse.
IMPORTANT: When the storm subsides or is finally over PLEASE don't try to reach damaged or destroyed areas to gaze and gawk. First responders and others will have plenty of work to do and you need to get the hell outta the way.
This is NOT a spectator sport -- not now, and not then. OK?
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Has anybody thought about the effects of this storm on next week's voting?
You can be sure certain politicians are already thinking about the questions that follow, and other questions.
Have voting machines been delivered to polling places yet?
If they have, what if those polling sites become flooded and the machines die? Just a relatively small amount of water can kill an electronic (computerized) voting unit.
If the machines haven't been delivered, what if they can't be delivered in time for the election?
What about all the people who have been/will be displaced? Will they get back in time to vote? Will the voting places still be there? Will electricity still be out in certain areas next Tuesday? My bet is, it will.
Who will be unable to vote? How many voters, and where and for how long? Can the time for voting be extended for additional days?
As I understand it, federal law requires that the election be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
But, what if the election is somehow is extended, or not concluded on Tuesday, next? That could be a prescription for major shenanigans.
The Best Choice” … “Promise For A Way Forward” … “A Pragmatic Businessman And Leader” … “The Leader Our Nation Needs”
Altoona Mirror (PA): “We Need Hope For A Brighter Tomorrow, And We Need A Change Of Direction In Washington. Mitt Romney Is The Leader Our Nation Needs…” “Four years ago, Americans voted for Barack Obama's promises of hope and change. But we didn't get the sunny day envisioned by many. Instead we have been saddled with exploding debt and a struggling economy. … We need hope for a brighter tomorrow, and we need a change of direction in Washington. Mitt Romney is the leader our nation needs, and we encourage our readers to vote for him on Nov. 6.” (Editorial, “Romney Best Hope For Change,” Altoona Mirror, 10/28/12)
Bemidji Pioneer (MN): “Romney Offers Promise For A Way Forward” “After being elected governor in 2002, Romney straightened out Massachusetts. He made tough decisions to rein in spending, restructured and consolidated government programs to emphasize efficiencies and to eliminate waste. He got government out of the way of small businesses, signed job-creating incentives, lowered unemployment and eliminated a $3 billion deficit without borrowing or raising taxes. He did all of it while working with a state legislature controlled by Democrats.” (Editorial, “Romney Offers Promise For A Way Forward,” Bemidji Pioneer, 10/28/12)
Cape Cod Times (MA): “The Time Is Right For Someone With His Broad Skill Set. We Recommend Romney For President.” “Overall, what we've seen of Romney over many years — from business success to running a state to impeccable personal attributes — convinces us that the time is right for someone with his broad skill set. We recommend Romney for president.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” Cape Cod Times, 10/28/12)
Joplin Globe (MO): “Change Is Needed In Washington, But After Four Years With President Barack Obama Setting The Nation’s Course, That Change Has Not Come. … Mitt Romney Should Be The Next President.” “Systemic, long-term change is needed in Washington, but after four years with President Barack Obama setting the nation’s course, that change has not come. … Mitt Romney should be the next president.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney For President,” Joplin Globe, 10/27/12)
Minot Daily News (ND): “Electing Mitt Romney As President Will Bring Real Change, Giving Americans Reason For Hope About The Future.” “Before casting your vote in the election for president, ask yourself two questions: First, is the United States better off today than four years ago? Even more important, will you be better off four years from now? Electing Mitt Romney as president will bring real change, giving Americans reason for hope about the future. President Barack Obama's record provides cause only for worry.” (Editorial, “Elect Romney President,” Minot Daily News, 10/21/12)
St. Joseph News-Press (MO): “We Are Convinced Of [Romney’s] Ability To Promote His Ideas And To Work Across Party Lines. This Stands In Stark Contrast With President Obama…” “Mr. Romney’s prescription for a resurgent America comes down to his belief in empowering businesses, individuals and families. We are convinced of his ability to promote his ideas and to work across party lines. This stands in stark contrast with President Obama, who promised a bipartisan approach but failed to deliver. We have seen this on health care, on the $830 billion in stimulus spending, and on his failure to endorse the credible Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction plan.” (Editorial, “Romney: Best Choice For Nation,” St. Joseph News-Press, 10/27/12)
Savannah Morning News (GA): “It’s Time To Fire Mr. Obama And Hire Mr. Romney.” “Voters in the Savannah area and elsewhere will soon decide whether President Obama or Mitt Romney will lead this nation for the next four years. It’s a hugely important decision, with the most critical question being jobs: Which man is better able to put America back to work? In our view, it’s time to fire Mr. Obama and hire Mr. Romney. We endorse him for president of the United States.” (Editorial, “Romney For President,” Savannah Morning News, 10/28/12)
Shreveport Times (LA): “We Feel Change Is Needed Again. And We Believe Romney Fills That Ticket.” “It is true that in 2008 we endorsed the change promised by Obama, but the reality today is — four years later — we have little confidence Obama will be more successful managing the economy and the budget going forward. Indeed, we feel change is needed again. And we believe Romney fills that ticket.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney: Our Choice For President,” Shreveport Times, 10/26/12)
Vacaville Reporter (CA): Mitt Romney Has Been “A Pragmatic Businessman And Leader Who Has Been Able To Work With All Kinds Of People To Solve Difficult Problems.” “For most of his public life, Mr. Romney appears to have been a pragmatic businessman and leader who has been able to work with all kinds of people to solve difficult problems. … Mr. Romney, however, has the negotiation skills to bring the parties to the table and hammer out agreements that will right this ship of state and get her sailing again.” (Editorial, “Mitt Romney For President,” Vacaville Reporter, 10/28/12)
Williamsport Sun-Gazette (PA): “Romney Is Clearly The Best Choice To Be Our Next President.” “On Nov. 6, Americans will choose whether to continue the big government stewardship of Democrat President Barack Obama or cast their lot with the no-nonsense agenda of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. In our view, the Republican Romney is clearly the best choice to be our next president.” (Editorial, “Romney Is Clear Choice In Pivotal Presidential Election,” Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 10/28/12)
Parody of Lena Dunham's Your First Time Obama ad. Comparing voting to losing your virginity is FUN and CUTE. Not. It's gross and creepy. Warning: this video is ridiculous.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is advising customers who have made travel arrangements via bus to check with their carriers before leaving home. Some bus carriers have started suspending service at the Port Authority Bus Terminal as Hurricane Sandy approaches the New York/New Jersey region.
Long-haul carrier Greyhound has announced it will suspend bus service to the south beginning at 7 p.m. with service to the north halting at midnight.
NJ Transit has announced suspension of train and bus service as of midnight, with trains and buses in mid-route at that time proceeding until they complete their trips.
Additionally, commuter bus operations also will be reduced and/or suspended as weather conditions warrant. The Port Authority urges customers to contact their carriers for service updates before coming to the bus terminal.
Port Authority customers should check http://www.panynj.gov/ for updated information about all Port Authority facilities. For information about safety precautions, evacuation routes and best practices for NY State, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/stormwatch; and for NJ, visit www.ready.nj.gov
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today formally requested that President Barack Obama declare a pre-landfall emergency for New Jersey. This declaration would allow the State to request funding and other assistance for actions taken in advance of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to make landfall in New Jersey late Monday evening.
"We have taken this action to assist communities which have taken extraordinary measures to insure the safety of the public during this very serious and dangerous storm," said Governor Christie.
"The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Sandy will move along the New Jersey coast beginning on or about October 28, 2012, bringing the potential for severe weather conditions, including heavy rains, high winds, dangerous storm surges and stream and river flooding that may threaten homes and other structures, and endanger lives in the state,” added Governor Christie.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring flooding, high winds and heavy rain across the state over a period of 36 hours starting early Monday morning.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie meets with Office of Emergency Management, his cabinet and senior staff regarding severe weather conditions anticipated from Hurricane Sandy at the Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC) in Ewing, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.
In addition to taking this preemptory step to mobilize government in preparation for the storm, Governor Christie urged New Jerseyans to be vigilant in monitoring conditions of the storm, its effect on their communities, and in making preparations for themselves and their families. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen) HT: New Jersey Governor's OfficeSphere: Related Content
The Christie Administration in New Jersey announced today that NJ TRANSIT will begin a gradual system-wide shutdown of all bus, rail, light rail and Access Link service, starting at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon and continuing through 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning.
Further, the Administration announced that the Atlantic City Rail Line will suspend operations effective at 4:00 p.m. due to the rapidly declining weather conditions within the region and the continued evacuation of Atlantic City.
Train 4678 will be the last train leaving Atlantic City this afternoon. This train will leave Atlantic City at 2:43 p.m. and will arrive in Philadelphia at 4:19 p.m. Train 4679 will be the last train leaving Philadelphia on the Atlantic City Rail Line. This train will depart Philadelphia at 2:39 p.m. and terminate in Absecon at 4:00 p.m.
“NJ TRANSIT’s top priority is, has been and will continue to be the safety of our customers, our employees and the citizens of the Garden State”, said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson. “This prudent and necessary action will enable NJ TRANSIT to further support our state’s response to Hurricane Sandy; freeing up resources that may be needed to further facilitate hurricane relief.”
The suspension of NJ TRANSIT service will require a minimum of 12 hours to complete. The process requires the relocation and securing of buses, rail equipment and other NJ TRANSIT assets away from flood-prone areas. It also requires complete coordination with state and local officials throughout the process.
“NJ TRANSIT customers should begin to prepare for the possible, sustained interruption of service” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein. “This is a dangerous and destructive Hurricane with the potential to cause large-scale power losses, wind damage and both coastal and river flooding – all of which will impact NJ TRANSIT service during and after the storm”
During Hurricane Irene, NJ TRANSIT implemented a full-scale system shutdown spanning nearly 36 hours. This decision is credited with saving billions in NJ TRANSIT assets, which enabled NJ TRANSIT to restart service with all equipment available for use. Additionally, no customer or employee injuries were reported during this time.
Following the conclusion of the storm, NJ TRANSIT will assess the status of the system and test critical infrastructure before making any decisions regarding the potential resumption of service. Updates will be provided to customers and the public during this time.
Customers utilizing NJ TRANSIT services for the remainder of today are also reminded to check njtransit.com, or call 973-275-5555 for service updates. Due to expected weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT services are subject to delays or potential cancellations.
The following NJ TRANSIT service advisories are in effect.
· All NJ TRANSIT bus service to and from Atlantic City will be suspended at midnight.
· All other NJ TRANSIT bus service will be suspended effective 2 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2012.
· NJ TRANSIT buses that are already enroute at 2 a.m. will complete their trips.
Light Rail Service:
· Hudson-Bergen, River Line and Newark light rail services will be suspended effective 2 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2012.
· Light rail services that are already enroute at 2 a.m. will complete their trips.
Access Link Service:
· All Access Link Service to and from Atlantic City will be suspended after 4:00 p.m. this afternoon.
All other Access Link service will be suspended effective 2 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2012.
The Atlantic City Rail Line will suspend operations this afternoon, due to the rapidly declining weather conditions within the region and the continued evacuation of Atlantic City. Train 4678 will be the last train leaving Atlantic City this afternoon. This train will leave Atlantic City at 2:43 p.m. and will arrive in Philadelphia at 4:19 p.m. Train 4679 will be the last train leaving Philadelphia on the Atlantic City Rail Line. This train will depart Philadelphia at 2:39 p.m. and terminate in Absecon at 4:00 p.m.
On all other rail lines, final train times will be posted on NJTRANSIT.com
Indoor waiting rooms at major rail hubs such as Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Junction and Trenton Transit Center will remain open to provide customers with shelter during the storm.
On Saturday, Governor Christie announced system-wide cross-honoring of all rail, bus and light rail tickets starting Monday, 12:00 a.m. and continuing through Wednesday, 6 a.m. This remains in effect, and will allow customers holding NJ TRANSIT tickets to use alternate means of transportation to get to their final destination, such as PATH, PATCO and private bus carriers. Due to the duration of the storm and the potential impact to the NJ TRANSIT system, this timeframe could be extended if necessary.
For the latest travel information, customers should listen to broadcast traffic reports, visit njtransit.com or access NJ TRANSIT’s Twitter feed at @NJ_TRANSIT. Additionally, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system (www.njtransit.com/mytransit), which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone, PDA or pager. Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555.
NJ TRANSIT PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE SANDY
Rail and Light Rail Operations
NJ TRANSIT’s maintenance forces continue inspecting culverts, drainage pipes and rights-of-way to ensure they are clear of blockages that could exacerbate flooding and disrupt service.
NJ TRANSIT rail and light rail crews and equipment are on standby to respond to downed trees, wires and flooding.
Bus and Access Link Operations
NJ TRANSIT Bus and Access Link maintenance and support staff will be on standby 24/7 to respond where needed.
Customer Service Field Offices will extend their hours of operations if necessary.
The Transit Information Office (TIC) – NJ TRANSIT’s call center, is also prepared to extend its hours if necessary.
Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers are advised that all agencies, inspection stations and driver testing centers will be closed on Monday, October 29 due to Hurricane Sandy. The MVC has also cancelled all scheduled driver tests (written/road), scheduled driver conferences and scheduled specialty vehicle inspections for October 29, 30 and 31. The MVC will reschedule these services for a future date.
Additionally, MVC Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez has issued an Administrative Order 2012-03 authorizing a 30-day extension for all driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and inspection due to expire on October 31. Martinez has also authorized Administrative Order 2012-04, which waives International Registration Plan (IRP) and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) requirements during a state of emergency declared by the Governor of New Jersey. This temporary waiver will aid commercial motor carriers in delivering essential services and emergency relief supplies in a timely matter to areas that may be affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Both administrative orders are posted to the MVC’s website.
For additional information related to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on MVC operations, please visit www.njmvc.gov before, during and after the storm.
Due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Sandy, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will suspend all PATH service beginning tonight at midnight. The decision follows an announcement by New York Governor Cuomo to suspend MTA subways, buses and commuter rail system beginning at 7 p.m. tonight.
The PATH system is being closed to passengers so that trains and stations can be secured in advance of the storm, and protected against damage from high winds and water. PATH service will resume as soon as conditions permit.
At the Port Authority’s five major airports, the Port Authority expects all carriers to cease operations tonight. American Airlines and United Airlines already indicated they will cease flight activity and Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, USAirways and other carriers are expected to make announcements later today. Air travelers are strongly encouraged to call their carriers to make sure their flight will be departing before going to the airport. There are no plans at this time to close any of the airports.
The Port Authority is bringing in a full complement of airport operations and Customer Care Representatives to assist passengers who may become stranded at the airports. All airports also will be equipped with a sufficient supply of cots and other essentials to assist passengers. In addition, at least one food service vendor will remain open in all airport terminals around the clock through the duration of the storm.
At the Newark AirTrain and JFK AirTrain systems, airport officials will closely monitor wind conditions and close both systems if a wind threshold of 30+ mph is reached. However, with the MTA subway and commuter rail service suspended as of 7 p.m. tonight, air passengers will not be able to access the JFK AirTrain system after 7 p.m. this evening.
At the agency’s tunnels and bridges, Port Authority staff will closely monitor the wind and flooding conditions. Closures will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on high winds, rainfall and roadway conditions, however closures are highly likely beginning tomorrow. Motorists are urged to drive at reduced speeds when roadways are wet, and pay close attention to posted electronic messages for important information.
Passengers are reminded to check http://www.panynj.gov/ for updated information about PATH, the airports, the tunnels and bridges and all other Port Authority facilities. For further information about safety precautions, evacuation routes and best practices for New York State, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/stormwatch; and for New Jersey, visit www.ready.nj.gov.
Excerpts from a fine column by Joseph F. Petros IIIFormer Executive Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy in The Daily Caller:
Not only is the incumbent [Obama] the most pro-abortion president ever to occupy the office, but he has also deliberately picked a fight with the Catholic Church by requiring Catholic employers to participate in the provision of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization to their employees — all things the Church teaches are intrinsically evil.
This divisive and unnecessary infringement on religious liberty by President Obama drew criticism from conservatives and liberals alike, and it prompted bishops, priests, and deacons in nearly every Catholic church in America to take to the pulpit in protest — an unprecedented event in American history.
And all this while the ranks of America’s poor have increased to record levels on Mr. Obama’s watch.
Mitt Romney is the only presidential candidate in this election whom Catholic voters can support while remaining true to their faith. All allegedly Catholic arguments in favor of Mr. Obama rely on gross misconceptions of Catholic doctrine.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/27/romney-the-only-candidate-catholics-can-support/#ixzz2AcXWonRzSphere: Related Content