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NJ Schools May Face Influx of Students Displaced by Storm

It’s only a trickle so far, with most New Jersey schools just beginning to reopen this week, but Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath will likely mean a sizable number of children displaced not just from their homes but from their schools.

With Power Still Out, NJ Pols Feel the Heat

With better weather predicted over the next few days,  utility crews throughout the region are expected to pick  up the pace of power restoration. But outages will persist into next week and it is local officials who are feeling the heat

Moody's Maintains NJ Utility Credit Ratings, Despite Soaring Restoration Costs

The worst storm ever to hit New Jersey has caused enormous headaches for its two biggest electric utilities, as well as millions of their customers, but will not result in lower credit ratings, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

After Delays, NJ Weighs Health Care Options

President Obama's re-election means that his signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, will be fully implemented over the next two years. The Christie administration had put off taking some of the required steps, instead waiting to see how the election played out.

After 9 Days Without Power, NJ Residents Fume Over Utility's Response

Nine days after Sandy slammed into New Jersey, more than 360,000 residences and businesses in the state still have no power — and half of them are customers of Jersey Central Power and Light.

NJ Voters Turn Out, Despite Obstacles and Irregularities

Despite personal hardships, shifting polling sites, frustration and anger over electronic and provisional ballots, and confusion and miscommunication regarding new voting rules, New Jerseyans made on thing clear on Tuesday: they wanted to exercise their right to vote.

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.