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Gov. Chris Christie declares state of emergency in preparation for winter storm

Governor authorizes Friday closure of state offices for all non-essential workers

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TRENTON – In anticipation of the severe winter storm expected to arrive in New Jersey Thursday evening, Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency, authorizing the state director of emergency management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.

Christie also authorized the closing of state offices on Friday, Jan. 3 for all non-essential employees.

“The impending weather conditions over the next several days will produce a variety of dangerous travel conditions throughout the state,” Christie said. “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.”

Starting Thursday evening, the storm is expected to bring high winds, heavy snow, mixed precipitation, storm surges and sub-zero temperatures throughout the state. A potential mixture of hazardous travel conditions, fallen trees and power outages and coastal, stream and river flooding are anticipated.

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