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What a State of Emergency Means

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Because of the storm we just got hit with (and in anticipation of it yesterday) Governor Christie declared a State of Emergency for all of New Jersey.

There’s confusion about exactly what that means, so here’s an official description from news12.com:

According to the state Office of Emergency Management, the governor’s declaration “empowers the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) to act on behalf of the Governor to employ the resources and assets of State, local and private agencies to provide immediate assistance to localities.”

A State of Emergency doesn’t necessarily mean that civilians can’t drive on area roadways. In fact, the declaration doesn’t normally restrict the activities of citizens.

For further details on exactly what a State of Emergency means, visit nj.gov.

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