BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ – Neither Barnegat Mayor John Novak nor Ocean Township Mayor Ken Baulderstone saw the need to call for a press conference to issue statements.  After all, both communities have provided important information by Nixle alerts. That said, both mayors immediately answered calls requesting an updated status.

“While there may be calls for statements and press conferences this is a time for leadership, not grandstanding, “said Novak. “I have participated in numerous conferences calls with our police department, county and state officials as well as emergency management personnel.”

“The federal and state governments are the lead agencies,” the Barnegat mayor continued. “Some localities such as NYC, Hoboken as well as the casinos of AC are unique, high density venues, requiring special measures. Suburban communities such as Barnegat and other Southern Ocean County communities are not similarly situated and may not require drastic governmental interference with daily lives or private businesses.”

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According to Baulderstone, the Ocean Township activated its Office of Emergency Management on Thursday at 5pm.  “We have closed Town Hall to the public in the interest of protecting the employees and the residents of the township,” stated Baulderstone.  “The township and construction office employees continue to work.  Residents can call the township.”

Barnegat has also closed Town Hall to anyone other than employees for everyone's protection. The offices are fully staffed and residents should telephone to ask questions pertaining to township business.

“Our emergency services offices have implemented measures in order to continue to provide emergency services,” Baulderstone added.

Novak added commentary regarding Barnegat Chief Keith Germain.  “In coordination with the chief, appropriate measures have been taken to protect our officers while they continue to serve and interact with the public, Novak shared. “In fact, policies and procedures enacted by the Barnegat Police Department are now being used by other agencies.  Once again, this highlights our forward thinking and “on top of it” police department.

“We at the local level continue to obtain guidance from federal state and county agencies and will, when appropriate act accordingly,” assured Novak.

““We ask all residents to follow the directives issued by local, county and state government,” Baulderstone implored.  “We also want everyone to be safe.”