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.