New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency ahead of a winter storm that the governor says could create really hazardous conditions.
Christie announced he's closing state offices early on a staggered schedule beginning at 1 p.m. Monday for non-essential personnel. State offices will be closed Tuesday.
The state of emergency declaration enables the state to gather resources to respond to problems as they occur.
The governor says people should try to stay home Monday evening and Tuesday in order to help road crews to clear the highways and streets.
Christie was joined by Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox, State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes, NJ Transit deputy executive director Neil Yellin and Public Utilities Board president Richard Mroz.