NEW JERSEY - Governor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey due to the impending storm that is forecasted to hit the Garden State shortly after midnight on Tuesday, March 14. All New Jersey state offices will also be closed for Tuesday, March 14. However, all essential employees should report to work as scheduled.

A State of Emergency is declared by the governor when a disaster occurs or may be fast approaching such as a potentially damaging snowstorm. The State of Emergency allows the governor to authorize state agencies to quickly provide assistance for communities in need. Provisions for rescues, evacuations and shelters can be put into place immediately. State agencies are also able to respond faster to communities that require essentials like food, water and heating fuel when a State of Emergency is already in effect.