Christie Declares State of Emergency for New Jersey

Step taken ahead of Hurricane Sandy's landfall

Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency throughout New Jersey Saturday because of the severe weather conditions anticipated from Hurricane Sandy.

Anticipating severe weather conditions including high winds, rain, coastal, stream and river flooding, Christie said he was taking this step to mobilize government in preparation for the storm.

Christie urged New Jerseyans to be vigilant in monitoring conditions of the storm, its effect on their communities, and in making preparations for themselves and their families. 

"As we move towards what is an increasingly likelihood of seeing Sandy make landfall in New Jersey, I am urging all New Jerseyans to take every possible and reasonable precaution to ready themselves for the storm’s potential impact," he said.

That means having an emergency action plan for families and others who may require assistance, and avoiding unnecessary risks in the severe weather, including staying off of the roads, said Governor Christie.

“At the state level, we are taking immediate steps to prepare for the storm’s impact and ensure that state, local and county governments have the tools they need to manage and respond in a coordinated way," he said. "With this, government at every level can respond more effectively to conditions on the ground, activate emergency operations plans, and ensure that resources are being marshaled to assist and protect the public through this storm."

The declaration activates elements of the State Emergency Operations Plan, broadening powers of the New Jersey State Police including traffic control, limiting access and egress from impacted areas and issuing evacuation orders if needed.

As provided by the declaration, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management will be authorized to mobilize and deploy resources beginning immediately to respond to the storm conditions, including resources of the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, state Department of Environmental Protection and state Department of Transportation, in coordination with county and municipal emergency management officials in impacted areas throughout the state.

John October 28, 2012 at 04:14 PM
good for U
Randy Butternubs October 28, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Thank you John. Yea. I have a generator and I'm going to eat cheeseburgers ..The people at the Home Depot yesterday wished they were me. I told them I said you have to prepare for these things. That is why I listen to Sam Champion. He is always right. And he is humble too
Tina Rembelles Lands October 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Let's hope for a repeat of that scenario :)
Tina Rembelles Lands October 29, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Phones and cell phones will work, should you have fully charged batteries. Sign up for the updates to go to your cell :)
Tina Rembelles Lands October 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Though not an official creed: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." My father was a US Postal working all his working days.
foggyworld October 29, 2012 at 01:28 AM
New Jersey is in a state of Perpetual Emergency.
Rick October 29, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Just a point of interest on a stormy night; The Post Office "Motto" is not official. It was ingraved on the front of the Main Post Office at 33th St & 5th Ave in NYC, by the architect. It is now known as the James Farley Postg Office. Perhaps the reason they MIGHT have to deliver mail tomorrow is because they are technically Federal employees and not subject to state laws.
. October 29, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Seems that way since Christie took office....one disaster after another!
Rick October 29, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Yeah, look at all the blizzards we had last winter.
dan wright October 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
gee rick youre just a wealth of information. how did you ever get by before wikopedia was invented? perhaps you can split the atom for us next. today gov crisco did his usual admonishing of nj residents and left off by saying " i,m going home to watch the jets game" . how much longer do we have to live under this cannoli swallowing load?
dan wright October 29, 2012 at 02:31 AM
yeah rick no blizzards last year it was in the 70s at christmas and record breaking heat waves this summer yet again for the 10 th year in a row and now the second "storm of the century" in 2 years . according to you climate change is a joke. lets see who is laughing tommorrow
Rick October 29, 2012 at 02:36 AM
You're welcome Dan. BTW, may I suggest http://www.merriam-webster.com It will help with your spelling but not your punctuation.
Robert Eckert October 29, 2012 at 02:40 AM
There is this new invention called 'Batteries' which allows communications equipment to last even in the event of a power outage. they also have generators at a lot of sites. Coverage won't be 100% but it can get messages through.
Rick October 29, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Oh yeah, in answer to your question, at least until the next gubernatorial election.
Rick October 29, 2012 at 03:15 AM
"Storm of the Century" is a term created by the media. We've had several so far this century and we have 89 years left. If global warming is caused by an increased carbon footprint wouldn't it have happened 50 or 60 years ago when car emissions were much worse and there was a lot more coal being burned?
Rick October 29, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Hey Dan, have a nice storm
BN October 29, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Climate change is cyclical, not man made.
dan wright October 29, 2012 at 04:20 AM
rick i can see you and bn are real scientists as well as grammar police. this planet has cycles that takes tens of thousands of years not ten years. every summer notice how many times the word " record' is used . carbon slowly started building when it started with the industrial age and increased by the number of cars over the decades. cars had more emissions years ago? true but there were hundreds of millions less cars 60 years ago. more coal being burned 50 years ago than now ? really? 60 years ago we didnt have air conditioning in every home, electric dryers and stoves tvs and every other electricity using devices in every room. coal is used to make electricity for the majority of this country . if you think we are using less electricity today than 60 yrs ago i have a worn out electric grid to sell you. the sad part is it wont be you that pay for your ignorance the next generation of kids will. we have in the past ten years tropical diseases like west nile in nj and hunks of ice the size of manhattan are breaking off of glaciers. hey but what do i know i,m only agreeing with what 97% of the world's scientists are saying. silly scientists dont they know those like rick and bn know better than them. rick and bn are of the sara palin variety of people who believe this planet is only 6,000 years old and the flintstones was a documentary. now you can go back to worrying about punctuation there rick. priorities.
Rick October 29, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Ten of thousands of years? Really Dan? Have you never heard of the Little Ice Age which extended from about 1150 to 1850. It was caused by a decrease in solar activity. http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/mandias/lia/little_ice_age.html It was preceeded by the Medieval Warm Period. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/globalwarming/medieval.html Perhaps you shouldn't believe all the propaganda you see on MSNBC & CNN.
Randy Butternubs October 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Wow, I've exeperianced summer thunderstorms that I found to be more exciting
Rick October 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM
hundreds of millions less cars 60 years ago? Where did the hundreds of millions of extra drivers come from? 60 years ago most cars got 10 to 15 miles to the gallon and didn't burn it anywhere as cleanly as they do now. And they spewed lead into the air. 60 years ago there were no nuclear power plants. Yes, they generate lots of electricity. Many of the coal burning plants of that time have converted to natural gas because it is cleaner.
Caroline Watts October 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM
How do you guys think this will effect the real estate market? Curious since in OC things have really been moving, and now wonder if people will want to run out of here, and then if people would want to then grab a good buy???
George October 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM
But now more home owners are UNDERWATER.
Rick October 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM
A hunderd, well maybe 120 years ago 97% of the world's scientists said that heavier than air flight was impossible. A couple of bicycle mechanics proved that wrong. silly scientists! At that time they said you couldn't mass produce automobiles at an affordable price. A farmer proved them wrong.
Rick October 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM
People don't run out of an area because of a natural disaster. They rebuild. Look at New Orleans. How many times have parts of Florida been hit by major storms and rebuilt? San Francisco didn't become a ghost town after the earthquake of 1906 or any subsequent ones.
Rick October 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Yeah, ditto. Lightening is always cool, unless it hits YOU.
Caroline Watts October 29, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Rick I like your style :)
Rick November 01, 2012 at 07:36 AM
Thanks Caroline.
Randy Butternubs November 01, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Who is winning? Rick or Dan?
Rick November 01, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Dan couldn't win in a one person race


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