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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.

Sharon H January 03, 2014 at 12:00 PM
I lived in South Dakota and find the response to what was essentially a normal snowstorm to be ludicrous. Heck, if everything were closed out West like it is here, kids would hardly go to school in winter. One winter we received 77 inches total of snow. No big deal. I was already out early this morning and things are looking great. Just a nice winter day!
John E January 03, 2014 at 02:07 PM
@Sharon..reason for that, not many live in South Dakota. South Dakota is the 5th least densely populated state (est.pop:835,000). New Jersey is the most densely populated state of all states (est.pop: 8,900,000 - that's ten fold over South Dakota). Hard to move that many people around with roads filled with snow in a small area!

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