Storm Rebuilding Phase Begins Next Week, Governor Says
Gov. Chris Christie says the evacuation of most of Long Beach Island will end Saturday.
Residents will be allowed to return and stay in their homes if they are inhabitable, except for those in heavily damaged Holgate.
Christie says he expects life to return to normal Monday for most of New Jersey. And nearly everyone will have power restored by midnight Saturday.
But he cautioned that the Jersey Shore won't look the same next summer as it did last summer.
He says he may lift the gasoline rationing system in place in 12 counties by early next week. He says the rationing has worked and lines at the pump have become rare.
Eighty percent of schools were able to be opened by Friday. Christie says even more will be ready on Monday.
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