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State of Emergency for NJ Declared by Gov.

All state offices for "non-essential employees" closed Friday

Written by Anthony Bellano

New Jersey is under a State of Emergency as of Thursday evening due to the coming snowstorm.

All state offices will also be closed for non-essential employees on Friday.

“The impending weather conditions over the next several days will produce a variety of dangerous travel conditions throughout the state,” Gov. Chris Christie said as he issued his declaration late Thursday afternoon.

“I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action in advance of the storm, and my Administration will continue monitoring conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to stay off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”

The State Director of Emergency Management and Superintendent of State Police Col. Rick Fuentes is authorized to work with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies in coordinating the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm, which is expected to dump 10 inches of snow on some parts of New Jersey.

Temperatures are expected to plummet into single digits this weekend.

Coastal flooding, along with flooding from rivers and small streams is expected. County agencies throughout the state issued Code Blue alerts on Thursday, calling for municipalities to open warming centers for those who would otherwise be left in the cold during the storm.

The storm is also expected to bring high winds that could result in power outages throughout the state.

The storm was expected to begin as rain Thursday night and evolve into snow. It is the first projected snowfall of 2014.

Martin January 02, 2014 at 06:08 PM
"Get the hell off the roads, you idiots!" he said, and then his PR flack cleaned it up a bit.
Cardinal January 02, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Again, New Jersey sorely lacks adequate television station coverage of their own and again New Jersey residents can't see this guy in action and reporters can't question him.
Brian Poll January 02, 2014 at 08:28 PM
So the Gov Christie feels the roads aren't safe enough for his state employees to go to work but the 18 year old kid making $8.50 an hour can drive to there shitty job in the mall. Pull the plug on everyone driving or let your own employees get up and drive in the hell we will all have to drive in tmrw morning.
. January 02, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Is he going to call my boss and tell him that I won't be in? I am surprised that he is even in the state.
suz January 03, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Oh boy...all he is saying is that if you don't need to be out there on the roads, then stay at home. If you need to work, then go! What is the problem? Oh, and Brian...state employees ARE essential workers. If an eighteen year old wants to drive to a job in the mall, then it is his or hers choice. Hey, I did it plenty of times!!! Stop with the bubble wrap on 18 year olds...if they can't figure it out, then they have a larger problem in life then the snow!

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