(NEW YORK) — Five days after superstorm Sandy downed power lines, flooded homes and crippled transportation in the Northeast, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said his state is “returning to a new normal,” despite a looming nor’easter this week that could bring further damage to the devastated area.
“I can do lots of things, I can’t change the weather,” Christie said on Sunday.
Nearly all of New Jersey’s state roads have been cleared, Christie said, though a new storm could mean more trouble for the tri-state area of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in the middle of this week.
Homes without power and plunging temperatures remain a problem for more than two million people. Nearly a million are powerless in New Jersey at last count.
A steadfast Christie said he would continue to use gentle persuasion on the power companies to restore electricity for residents.
“We will get this done,” he said.
The nor’easter could bring temperatures as low as the 20s and “strong gusty winds,” rain and coastal flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
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