Christie: NJ DOT to help towns clear blocked roads

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie says state transportation crews will be dispatched to help New Jersey towns and county governments clear key roads blocked by downed trees following the weekend snowstorm.

Speaking at a news conference at the Statehouse this afternoon, the governor said utility crews from as far away as Georgia will help restore power.

Christie said it could be until Thursday that lights are back on for most of the more than 360,000 customers. He asked residents to remain patient as crews work to restore power.

The governor also urged trick-or-treaters in areas hard-hit by the storm to make sure to carry flashlights so they can spot any hazards. He is leaving it up to municipalities to decide whether to allow trick-or-treating to go on.

The governor said utility damage from the October snowstorm is worse than that caused by Hurricane Irene.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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