NJ wages annual battle against Mother Nature in first snowstorm of the season

BY Leah Mishkin, Correspondent |

Amid the first winter storm of the season, the Murphy administration is working to avoid a repeat of last year’s inaugural snowstorm debacle, which saw NJ commuters driven to outrage while waiting in hours of traffic.

As of Monday morning, New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan reported that conditions have caused upwards of 275 accidents and 200 motorist aids; the state Board of Public Utilities has seen 2,085 statewide outages for its 4 million customers.

“But having said all of that, it’s Mother Nature and you only can control what you can control,” said Gov. Murphy. “I think we feel we’re at that point now, but we have to still play the second half of this game.”

Murphy is expecting the storm to go into the early hours of tomorrow — perhaps tapering off around 3 to 4 a.m.