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NJ Gas Distribution Network Faces Challenges After Sandy

Getting gas for cars and generators continues to pose challenges for residents in many parts of the New Jersey, a week after Sandy.

NJ Transit Ridership Up Despite Long Waits

New Jersey Transit is running trains on a damaged rail network, on reduced schedules, through stations with limited or even no electricity. And ridership is up 15 percent above normal.

Jersey Shore Storm Survivors Face Uncertain Future

Some 100 evacuees from towns like Seaside Heights are now staying at a Red Cross shelter on the New Jersey mainland. They don't know where they will live, or what they will do, or what tomorrow will bring.

NJ's Aging Infrastructure No Match for Superstorm

Even before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the state, New Jersey faced mind-boggling upgrade costs to modernize its aging infrastructure: from drinking water facilities, to mass transit, to structurally deficient bridges — among other pressing projects.

Live Updates | Tracking the #NJVote

NJ Commons is hosting a live updating blog to help NJ voters report problems at the polls after Hurricane Sandy. To participate, Tweet using the hashtag #NJVote

With Power Still Out, NJ Comes Up With New Voting Plan

Large areas of New Jersey are still without power a week after Sandy. It has helped complicate voting for many residents hoping to cast a ballot on Tuesday’s election. N.J. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has been spearheading efforts to make sure victims of Sandy can vote.

Utilities Restore Power After Sandy, but Ratepayers Will Pick Up the Bill

When the state’s utilities are finished restoring power to millions of customers in the wake of Sandy, the final bill will be passed on to ratepayers, who already face more than a quarter of billion dollars in increases from last year's two powerful storms.

After Sandy, NJ's Homeless Population at Greater Risk

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy as it roared through New Jersey last week was impossible to miss: multimillion-dollar homes collapsed like a house of cards, boats berthed on NJ Transit train tracks, much of the Jersey shore ...

After Sandy, Residents Say the Jersey Shore Can Come Back

Sandy has taken an enormous toll on communities up and down the Jersey Shore, destroying homes and businesses, tearing up boardwalks and eroding beaches.  As people try to get back to normal, there’s a growing sense that it will be a new normal, at least of some areas of the ...

Essay | Sandy Helps Make Neighbors Family

Adam Wade, 37, has been living in Hoboken, N.J., for the last nine years. During the last two years, he’s had the top floor of a 3-story brownstone. He’s grown close to the occupants of the two other floors, and Sandy just helped solidify those bonds.

Dispatch | As Problems Mount, Mendham Residents Come Together

Several New Jersey communities are still struggling in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. Residents in some areas are banding together to help each other out, and solidifying a sense of community, as they struggle to return to normalcy.

In Hoboken, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Pull Through

As Hoboken, New Jersey, continues to dry out from Sandy, a sense of community is emerging from this city in crisis.  Throughout the city, National Guard soldiers make the rounds, assisting with evacuations and distributing food to those who need it.  Tow trucks cart away vehicles totaled in the storm.  ...

In Flooded New Jersey, No Oversight For Levees

There's no state agency that regulates or maintains levees in the Garden State. But the flooding brought by Sandy will inevitably bring calls for more flood-protection systems.

New Jersey Issues Water Advisory, Restrictions

A boil water advisory has been issued for several municipalities in New Jersey, as the state continues to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Water-use restrictions statewide  having also been ordered to aid conservation amid possible shortages after superstorm Sandy.

Gov. Christie Gets Close Up View of Sandy’s Destruction

On Bordentown Road in the Old Bridge section of Sayreville, N.J.,  traumatized residents begged Governor Chris Christie to come and view what Sandy had wrought. What he saw was one home after another where the force of Sandy had moved homes off their foundations

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 'Postpones' Halloween

The notoriously tough New Jersey governor said it was a "commonsense and necessary step" to keep citizens safe.

VIDEO: Sandy's Damage As Seen From The Sky

Footage taken from a National Guard Helicopter shows the power of Sandy's storm surge.

Hurricane Sandy: Will the Utilities Do Any Better This Time?

With predictions of a potentially catastrophic storm hitting New Jersey, many residents probably will spend lot of time without any power this week.

Track | Live Updates from #NJSandy

NJ News Commons, based at Montclair State, monitors the hurricane recovery efforts and pulls together information from multiple news sources across the state.

In NJ, Residents Prepare for the Worst

In New Jersey, residents prepared for Hurricane Sandy as the governor declared a state of emergency on Saturday.