The Thursday winter storm seemed to surprise state officials, leaving angry people to work, left on snow-covered and ice-covered roads and wondering why so little was done to prepare.
Storm Impact on Thursday evening commute was a failure for Gov. Phil Murphy & # 39; ego, whose administration has been struggling with the deteriorating service of NJ Transit since taking office in January.
Getting out of downtown Manhattan was a special fight. Because in the afternoon the snow gathered quickly, commuters withdrew to the Port Authority bus station to such an extent that they basically had to be closed.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey advised commuters to use NJ Transit to get home from Manhattan, but soon also New York Penn Station supported.
While the passengers of the bus terminal were doing the worst, with delays of up to three hours, Penn Station passengers had little comfort, with delays of 30 to 60 minutes.
In interviews in the media on Thursday evening, Murphy said the storm was worse than anticipated. Preliminary forecasts caused that 4-cm snow fell on Thursday in the region, changing into a winter mix later in the day.
Instead, some parts of New Jersey received 6 to 8 inches of snow, competing with the actual winter storm.
Even the predecessor of Murphy & # 39; ego, Chris Christie, ventured into a fiasco. Christie, who lives in Mendham, wrote on Twitter that it took him five hours and 40 minutes to get home from Piscataway. Cities are about 30 miles apart.
Murphy admitted in a radio interview that the storm surprised public officials.
"If you're inside, stay inside, if you're on the road, be safe, and we'll all need patience today." We are becoming more and more lost, it is much deeper, it lasts longer, and taxes all systems, "said 1010 AM, WINS.
Somewhat later, at 880 in the morning, WCBS, Murphy admitted that many drivers were stuck.
"Fortunately, in some areas we managed to get out before him" – he said. "But there are now some areas where there are too many stories of being in the parking lot."
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Taking into account the conditions at the Port Authority bus terminal, Murphy predicted optimism.
"Yes, well, at the moment it's not fun, and I appreciate it, believe me," he said. "But people have to keep faith and patience because they will come back home."
Murphy & # 39; optimism clearly contrasted with the conditions for commuters.
Dianne Scott, who works at Hasbrouck Heights, reported that it took half an hour to pick up the ramp when leaving Route 17 to Allendale.
"Moving completely still for half an hour because the rear-wheel drive cars are not able to make a slight slope eastwards towards Allendale and get stuck, completely blocking both belts just after the underpass," she said in an e-mail.
Scott admitted to her boss that he had let her leave the office, as well as the law enforcement agencies.
"A shout for a police officer who drove a car to the car to explain the situation and get those who probably would also be stuck to the right, so that our four-wheel drive could squeeze around the blocked vehicles." said.
Glenn Purdham said he was stuck in an "absolute mess" on Route 23.
"No plows, no cops," he said in an e-mail. "Me and four other guys were pushing cars up the hills one by one."
Trevor Fennell said it takes less than an hour and a half to get from Oakland to Ridgewood.
"Everyone knew it would snow," said Fennell. "I have not seen a single plow."
Jay Wanczyk said he boarded a NJ Transit 194 bus at Pompton Plains at 2:39 in the afternoon. get to a class in upper Manhattan at 19.00. At 21.23 he was already on his way to the Lincoln tunnel.
"The total lack of readiness from the Governor's residence downstairs left our state in complete mess!" he said while praising the professional attitude of the bus driver.
Wanczyk wondered if any other NJ Transit bus was delayed.
"We can have a record and win … Nothing!" He said.
Mark Flores said he would give "F" officials readiness. Flores said it took him three and a half hours to get from Hudson County to New Milford in Bergen.
"I traveled in conditions close to a blizzard, and the roads were not as bad as today," wrote Flores in an e-mail. "Where were the plows and tools?"
Even getting from the station house turned out to be a difficult task for Duana. The ride from Hackensack station to Ridgewood lasted three and a half hours, Duong said in an e-mail.
"Cars were moving in every direction," Duong said. "The roads were like ice rinks, bad driving conditions led to numerous accidents and blockages."
John Anderson of Waldwick said he left the courthouse in Newark at 3pm. It took him three hours to get to the Garden State Parkway.
The road was plowed to the exit on Route 17. There, he and four others were stuck.
"Together, we've dug out each other without complaints and solidarity about the power, we threw the ball," Anderson said.
Finally, he returned home to his wife and children, six hours later.
Some commuters did not even reach home.
Ifram Kirimca tried to get across the George Washington Bridge from New York to New Jersey. But Kirimkca stayed for five and a half hours on the Deegan expressway. And fuel maintenance was a concern for cold weather.
"I still check traffic announcements and GW channel on Twitter and there is no information about why we are not moving," Kirimca wrote in an e-mail. "Besides, I have little gas, so I had to turn off the car."
Debbie Veloccci said her son left the job at 3:45 in the afternoon. but she still was not home at 21:30.
"The movement did not move all the time on the main street in West Orange," she said.
Others were more worried about how their children would return home than their own.
"I was relieved that my kids were teenagers and I was going home, so they did not have to stay in school waiting for buses that would never have arrived, like many of their friends," said Diane Murray, who drives from Hoboken to Wood. Ridge lasted five and a half hours.
Nicholas Pugliese of Trenton Bureau contributed to this story.
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