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Christie Declares State of Emergency Due to Winter Storm

Parts of the state experienced heavy snowfall, while others were pounded with rain. Hazardous conditions are expected to last several days.

As the first of what may be three winter storms pounded the state on Monday, Gov. Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency.

The State of Emergency authorizes the Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate all preparation and response efforts with all county and municipal emergency management officials and government agencies.

Earlier in the day, all non-essential state employees were granted a staggered dismissal.

It began at noon and was called to help alleviate traffic congestion and reduce travel hazards as the storm is expected to bring heavy snow and mixed precipitation throughout the state into the afternoon.

Fallen trees and power outages, and flooding along the coast and in small streams and rivers may add to the hazardous conditions.

Hazardous conditions are expected to persist for several days, with the next storm projected to arrive on Tuesday night.

Portions of the state were hit with large amounts of snowfall on Monday. Areas in the southern portion of the state that didn’t experience heavy snow were pounded with heavy rain.

“Today’s winter storm is expected to produce heavy snow and travel hazards throughout the state, affecting tonight’s evening commute,” Christie said. “I’ve authorized state officials to take all necessary action to prepare, and my Administration will continue monitoring 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.”

 It is the third time this winter Christie has declared a State of Emergency due to weather.

Ridgewood Mom February 04, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Yes, Bellair. It makes me wonder about what the term "independent" really means to these people. And it reminds me of how odd it is that the most conformist, groupthink driven people tend to go on about others needing to exercise "personal responsibility."
BellairBerdan February 04, 2014 at 10:59 AM
My taxes were lower under Corzine. I received a property rebate that equalled nearly 1/4 of them as well and my town wasn't raising the fees of every service they could.
Ridgewood Mom February 04, 2014 at 11:12 AM
The invocation of Corzine also does a great deal to discredit the claim of being independent. Is this discussion about Christie as an individual or is it about Democrats vs. Republicans?
Macy February 04, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Christie has almost nothing to do with anyones property taxes! He can claim he does but it is the local, county and schools that ae your property taxes. Christie has diverted funds , same as past governors, both repub and dems. He has also pushed items on the local level, so he looks as though he is saving money. The only way Christie can save people's property taxes is if he finds a way to fund things like the schools in an equal manor and stops taking money om the so called wealty communites and returns very little of what they pay into these communities. Christie is just another lying politican, same as all the rest.
Rick Ricky February 04, 2014 at 11:55 PM
@Macy, It is called a Shell Game. Something all politicians like to play. Just moving money around and around as nothing changes.

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