Gov. Christie declares State of Emergency in New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pauses as he addresses a gathering at Colin Powell elementary school in heavily Hispanic Union City, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
February 12, 2014 2:17:48 PM PST
Governor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency because of the impending snowstorm.

In a news release issued Wednesday, Christie said he has authorized the State Director of Emergency Management to continue coordinating the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.

Christie also announced the closing of state offices on Thursday, February 13th for all non-essential employees.

"This winter storm is expected to arrive tonight and last through early Friday morning, and the heavy snow will create hazardous travel conditions across the state," said Governor Christie in a statement.

"I've authorized state officials to continue all necessary actions, and my Administration will monitor conditions throughout the remainder of the storm. I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations."


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