NEWARK, N.J. --Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency in New Jersey as a major storm threatens to dump up to two feet of snow on parts of the state and flood the coast.
Christie returned to New Jersey from the Republican presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire.
States of emergency declarations allow the governor to make state resources immediately available to help rescue, evacuate or shelter residents. They could also help the state seek federal assistance if the scope of the event exceeds state resources.
Christie met with cabinet officials Friday evening and is briefing the media on storm preparations.
Christie said roadways had been pre-brined, but suggested people stay home on Saturday.
NJ TRANSIT released the following statement on Friday night:
Due to the severe winter weather impacting the region, NJ TRANSIT has announced the temporary full shutdown of the system beginning at 2 a.m. Saturday morning as follows:
-Bus, Rail and Light Rail: Bus and rail service will implement a full, temporary shutdown of all service at 2 a.m. Saturday with service resuming as weather conditions permit.
-Access Link: Service suspended all day Saturday, resuming Sunday at 12 p.m.
NJ TRANSIT cross-honoring of tickets and passes on bus, rail, light rail and private bus carrier services remains in effect through Sunday, January 24. Based on the duration and severity of the storm, this timeframe could be extended if necessary.
Updates will be provided to customers and the public as new information becomes available. Customers utilizing NJ TRANSIT services are reminded to check njtransit.com, or call 973-275-5555 for service updates.