Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of severe weather conditions throughout the state including heavy rains, high winds, and flooding.
The Executive Order 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. The Order also authorizes the Adjutant General to mobilize and deploy members of the New Jersey National Guard and provide equipment in support of the Emergency Operations Plan.
“My first responsibility as the Governor of New Jersey is protecting the health, safety and welfare of our residents,” Christie said. “With this order, we are taking proactive steps to ensure that state, local and county governments have every tool at their disposal in their response efforts, and are best positioned to marshal the resources necessary to assist and protect residents through anticipated flooding.”