Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) President Don Lynch defended the company’s reaction and subsequent actions taken during the October 31st snowstorm on tonight’s edition of NJ Today, the week-nightly news program on NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network.
In a two-part, one-on-one interview with NJ Today’s Managing Editor Mike Schneider, Lynch shares that he “personally spoke to a number of mayors during the storm” and that he had a daily conference call “every day at 4pm that was open to all mayors and elected officials” where Lynch spent answering their questions and giving them an “overview” of the storm.
Below are some quotes from part one’s interview airing tonight:
On Gov. Christie’s imposing deadlines to JCP&L:
“We met those targets. It’s a stressful time. It’s our first concern about safety. With wires down and snow on the ground we want to make sure we do this safely.”
On accusations of a lack of spending on infrastructure by JCP&L over the last decade:
“That is just not true. We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in our infrastructure. As I had told the mayors on the phone, I could have had a brand new pole and a brand new wire up and those trees that were full of wet snow and had come down would have taken the new pole and wires down as well. This was an unprecedented storm, two storms back-to-back, that caused severe damage to whatever infrastructure was up there.”
Watch the full interview and other local news stories on NJ Today tonight at 6pm ET on NJTV, with encores at 7:30pm and 11pm ET.
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