Governor Chris Christie received the best headlines of his gubernatorial career during Hurricane Sandy and the political question as New Jersey heads into a blizzard is whether a state of emergency – Christie’s comfort zone during Sandy – will give this polls-afflicted governor a bounce.
Moments ago, 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. According to a release issued by the governor’s office, “Commuters are asked to use extreme caution while traveling across the state. Governor Christie has authorized a staggered dismissal at 1:00 PM today as well as the closing of state offices on Tuesday, January 27th for all non-essential employees.”
“The impending weather conditions over the course of the afternoon will produce a variety of dangerous travel conditions throughout the state,” said Christie. “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 use every caution as they travel today and to remain off the roads whenever possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”
Already affecting parts of the state, Winter Storm Juno is expected to continue into the evening, bringing heavy snow accumulations, mixed precipitation, strong winds and freezing temperatures.