No question the coasts of New Jersey and New York are ravaged. High population + dense construction+ hurricane = bad bad bad. It's getting cold and damp at night, too, so folks really need their power back on for heat. Other states have sent crews to help, and many of the crews are volunteer. Imagine the surprise of one Alabama crew when they got to New Jersey and were turned back. They aren't union members, you see. And the union in New Jersey won't let them work in the state because of that.
Update: Union is saying that agreements between companies have to be signed first and that they were trying to do it by e-mail but the e-mail is down.