N.J. government shutters as strong blizzard pounds the Jersey Shore

The first major snow storm of 2018 has shuttered (most) of state government today, Save Jerseyans.

Governor Chris Christie’s office issued a statement a short time ago after initially committing to only a 2-hour delay:

“Due to the severe winter storm, the State of New Jersey has authorized the closing of state offices today, Thursday, January 4, 2018 for all non-essential employees. Essential employees should report to work on their regular schedule. Governor Chris Christie is declaring a state of emergency for Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean counties.”

State Courts and the N.J. State Legislature (which for obvious reasons make their own closing decision independent of the executive branch) are also closed today.

Some municipalities have chosen to remain open. Essential state personnel may still need to report to work.

High winds and heavy snows — particularly at the Jersey Shore points — are expected to continue into early Thursday evening.