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An Atlantic City Electric crew works on replacing utility poles in South Jersey.
An Atlantic City Electric crew works on replacing utility poles in South Jersey. (ACE)
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Christie, power company under fire following major outages

Southern New Jersey is still recovering from a fast-moving storm with brutal winds that ravaged the area on June 23 and left 280,000 people without power. Residents and lawmakers have been extremely critical of Atlantic City Electric and at least one mayor blasted Gov. Chris Christie for a perceived lack of response.

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Downed Power Lines
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FEMA in New Jersey to assess storm damage, says Christie

Gov. Chris Christie said that he will only seek a disaster declaration for damage incurred by Tuesday's storms if it's needed to help residents get enhanced assistance or federal relief more quickly.

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Utility crews work on fallen utility poles in South Jersey
Utility crews work on fallen utility poles in South Jersey (Atlantic City Electric)
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Thousands still without power in South Jersey

Utility crews continue to work at restoring power for thousands still in the dark in South Jersey following Tuesday's fierce storm.

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A tree uprooted onto a house in Westville
A tree uprooted onto a house in Westville (William Rieger III via Twitter ‏@billierigs)
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Thunderstorms bring gusty winds, downed trees and power outages

A fast-moving strong line of thunderstorms moved across New Jersey Wednesday afternoon with gusty winds and heavy rain.

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Wires brought down by heavy snow in North Jersey
Wires brought down by heavy snow in North Jersey (JCP&L/FirstEnergy)
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Heavy snow leaves parts of North Jersey without power

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) are ensuring customers they're ready for the winter weather and are being put to the test following Wednesday's snow in north Jersey.

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utility trucks in Jackson
Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ
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NJ’s Disaster Information Access Act [AUDIO]

On Thursday, the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee is scheduled to consider a bill focused on letting residents and business owners know when their lights will be turned back on following power outages.

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Downed Power Lines
Mark Wilson, Getty Images
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PSE&G Reaches Deal Over Storm Improvements

New Jersey's largest utility says it has reached a $1.2 settlement to protect and strengthen its electric and gas systems from storms.

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(Credit: Toniann Antonelli, Townsquare Media NJ)
Snow sits atop power lines following a recent winter storm.
(Credit: Toniann Antonelli, Townsquare Media NJ) Snow sits atop power lines following a recent winter storm.
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Power Companies Battle a Challenging Winter [AUDIO]

With each approaching storm, the state's utility companies take steps to make sure they're prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at us.

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JCP&L truck
JCP&L truck (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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JCP&L to Spend $251M on Infrastructure

Jersey Central Power & Light says it will spend $251 million this year to further expand and strengthen its infrastructure.

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Power Lines Downed By Trees
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Lawmaker Blasts BPU for Utility Holdup [AUDIO]

It's becoming a regular routine in New Jersey. Whether in summer or winter, whenever there's severe weather, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and sometimes even millions of people lose power in their homes and businesses - sometimes for several days or even weeks.

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