N.J. Gov. Christie declares state of emergency ahead of nor’easter

     New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering Oct. 27, 2012, in North Wildwood, N.J. (AP photo)

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering Oct. 27, 2012, in North Wildwood, N.J. (AP photo)

    A state of emergency is now in effect for New Jersey due to the impending nor’easter. 

    The declaration issued by Gov. Chris Christie authorizes the state to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.

    “This severe winter storm is expected to produce tonight through Tuesday afternoon significant snow accumulations, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour, freezing temperatures, widespread coastal flooding and hazardous whiteout travel conditions,” Christie said in a release. “During these threatening conditions, I urge all New Jerseyans to remain off the roads so our first responders and public safety officers can safely and efficiently handle emergency situations.”

    There’s no travel ban. All state offices will be closed on Tuesday. Essential employees should report on their regualr schedule. 

    You can read the latest storm update from the National Weather Service here

    The following is information about what a state of emergency means from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management:

    Can I drive?

    NJOEM: “The Governor’s declaration does not normally restrict citizen movements or activities. The State may limit access to affected areas due to concerns for public safety but will notify the public of these restrictions. If it is necessary to impose vehicular or personal movement restrictions, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management will alert the public using all available means, including, but not limited to: the Emergency Alert System, urgent press releases, DOT highway signs, law enforcement teletypes, etc. Every effort will be made by NJOEM to facilitate safe passage for utility, health care and emergency services workers whose presence is necessary for public safety or in response to the emergency.”

    How long will it last?

    NJOEM: “The Governor will rescind the state of emergency when it is no longer needed to provide necessary support to localities or until the threat of impending danger from the event has passed.”

    Does it bar commerce?

    NJOEM: “The Governor’s declaration does not address restrictions on the sale or provision of goods or services. However, your locality may enact restrictions under their local emergency declaration. We recommend that you contact your local government for any specific information.”

    Does my employer still have to pay me?

    NJOEM: “The Governor’s declaration does not mandate administrative policies for individual businesses or address workplace situations in which employees are unable to travel. Businesses must address hours of operation and compensation on an individual basis. Once a federal disaster is declared, employees unable to work may be eligible for unemployment assistance.”

    Continue to follow updates at Jersey Shore Hurricane News

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