With a Nor’easter type storm and the possibility of Hurricane Joaquin coming in the next few days, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency.
“We are not quite yet sure about whether this is going to be a single punch or a double punch,” Christie said. “There’s no question there’s going to be a single punch that is going to start this evening, and there are going to be winds up to 75 to 85 mph in the southern part of the state in addition to the rain which we expect to be 5 to 6 inches.”
On top of that storm, Christie urged residents of the state to be prepared for the possibility of Hurricane Joaquin barreling into the state. Christie said to be prepared, but not to panic. He said their concern is five to six inches of rain in the Delaware Bay and Coastal Areas.
“Many of us have been through this before, with Irene and with Sandy,” Christie said.
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“One, there’s nothing we can do to control it, and worrying and stressing about it will not change the path of the storm,” he added. “Secondly, you need to know that the state is prepared to deal with whatever we need to deal with depending upon the path of the storm, and I need all of you to be able to do the things you need to do to protect yourselves and your families.”
According to a press release, the declaration activates elements of the State Emergency Operations Plan, broadening powers of the New Jersey State Police including traffic control, limiting access and egress from impacted areas.
The presidential candidate has canceled his campaign plans this weekend in New Hampshire to monitor the situation.