TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and a travel ban Monday, as a blizzard pounded New Jersey and threatened to dump as much as 2 feet of snow over some areas.
Christie announced Monday night that the entire state of New Jersey was implementing a travel ban, which went into effect at 11 p.m. Monday. The ban was to be subject to revocation at daybreak depending on conditions, Christie said via Twitter.READ MORE: US Officials: Only A Matter Of Time Before Omicron COVID Variant Found In America
The ban excludes emergency and public safety personnel, and utility companies and others involved in assisting with storm preparations. Similar bans have been instituted in Connecticut, and in the southernmost 13 counties of New York state.
“This is my sixth winter as governor, I’ve had double digit states of emergency imposed,” Christie said while speaking at the New Jersey Department of Transportation garage in Newark.
Light snow began falling across the state Monday morning. Forecasters are predicting the greatest accumulations for Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Union counties.
Christie urged people to stay home Monday evening and Tuesday in order to help road crews to clear the highways and streets.
“We would like to make Wednesday productive for everybody. And the only way for us to make Wednesday productive is for you to give us the opportunity to do our job on Tuesday and this evening,” said Christie. “So please stay off the roads, it’s not only for your own safety, it’s for the operation of the state.”
Towns along New Jersey’s coast are expected to be the hardest hit by the storm and Jersey Shore communities are watching out for flooding.
The storm had been expected to cause moderate flooding in oceanfront communities between midnight and 1 a.m.