State of Emergency Declared Beginning March 4, 2015 – Executive Order 175

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 175
WHEREAS, beginning on March 4, 2015, the State of New
Jersey is expected to experience a winter storm with heavy
snow, mixed precipitation including ice, and freezing
temperatures throughout the State; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service has issued storm
warnings for New Jersey, including a Winter Storm Warning and a
Winter Storm Watch; and
WHEREAS, this winter storm is predicted to produce
hazardous travel conditions, cause fallen trees and power
outages, and produce potential coastal, stream, and river
flooding; and
WHEREAS, the impending weather conditions may make it
difficult or impossible for citizens to obtain the necessities
of life, as well as essential services such as police, fire,
and first aid; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to take action in advance of the
storm to lessen the threat to lives and property in this State;
and
WHEREAS, the impending weather conditions constitute an
imminent hazard, which threatens and presently endangers the
health, safety, and resources of the residents of one or more
municipalities and counties of this State; and
WHEREAS, this situation may become too large in scope to
be handled by the normal county and municipal operating
services in some parts of this State; and
WHEREAS, the Constitution and statutes of the State of New
Jersey, particularly the provisions of N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33 et
seq., N.J.S.A. 38A:3-6.1, and N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4, and all
amendments and supplements thereto, confer upon the Governor of
the State of New Jersey certain emergency powers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, Governor of the State
of New Jersey, in order to protect the health, safety, and
welfare of the people of the State of New Jersey, DO DECLARE
and PROCLAIM that a State of Emergency exists in the State of
New Jersey and I hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:
1. I authorize and empower the State Director of
Emergency Management to activate those elements of the State
Emergency Operations Plan that he deems necessary to further
safeguard the public security, health, and welfare, to direct
the activation of county and municipal emergency operations
plans as necessary, and to coordinate the response and recovery
efforts from this emergency with all governmental agencies,
volunteer organizations, and the private sector.
2. I authorize and empower the State Director of
Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of State
Police, in accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33 et seq.,
through the police agencies under his control, to determine the
control and direction of the flow of vehicular traffic on any
State or interstate highway, municipal or county road, and any
access road, including the right to detour, reroute, or divert
any or all traffic and to prevent ingress or egress from any
area that, in the State Director’s discretion, is deemed
necessary for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare
of the public, and to remove parked or abandoned vehicles from
such roadways as conditions warrant.
3. I authorize and empower the Attorney General,
pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-213, acting through
the Superintendent of State Police, to determine the control
and direction of the flow of vehicular traffic on any State,
municipal, county, or interstate highway, and its access roads,
including the right to detour, reroute, or divert any or all
traffic, and to prevent ingress or egress from any area to
which the declaration of emergency applies, and further
authorize all law enforcement officers to enforce any such
order of the Superintendent of State Police within their
respective municipalities.
4. I authorize and empower the State Director of
Emergency Management to order the evacuation of all persons,
except for those emergency and governmental personnel whose
presence the State Director deems necessary, from any area
where their continued presence would present a danger to their
health, safety, or welfare because of the conditions created by
this emergency.
5. I authorize and empower the State Director of
Emergency Management to utilize all facilities owned, rented,
operated, and maintained by the State of New Jersey to house
and shelter persons who may need to be evacuated from a
residence, dwelling, building, structure, or vehicle during the
course of this emergency.
6. I authorize and empower the executive head of any
agency or instrumentality of the State government with
authority to promulgate rules to waive, suspend, or modify any
existing rule the enforcement of which would be detrimental to
the public welfare during this emergency, notwithstanding the
provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act or any law to
the contrary for the duration of this Executive Order, subject
to my prior approval and in consultation with the State
Director of Emergency Management. Any such waiver,
modification, or suspension shall be promulgated in accordance
with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-45.
7. I authorize and empower the Adjutant General, in
accordance with N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4 and N.J.S.A. 38A:3-6.1, to
order to active duty such members of the New Jersey National
Guard who, in the Adjutant General’s judgment, are necessary to
provide aid to those localities where there is a threat or
danger to the public health, safety, and welfare and to
authorize the employment of any supporting vehicles, equipment,
communications, or supplies as may be necessary to support the
members so ordered.
8. In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. App.
A:9-34 and N.J.S.A. App. A:9-51, I reserve the right to utilize
and employ all available resources of the State government and
of each and every political subdivision of the State, whether
of persons, properties, or instrumentalities, and to commandeer
and utilize any personal services and any privately owned
property necessary to protect against this emergency.
9. In accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-40, no
municipality, county, or other agency or political subdivision
of this State shall enact or enforce any order, rule,
regulation, ordinance, or resolution that will or might in any
way conflict with any provision of this Order, or which will in
any way interfere with or impede the achievement of the
purposes of this Order.
10. It shall be the duty of every person or entity in
this State or doing business in this State and of the members
of the governing body and every official, employee, or agent of
every political subdivision in this State and of each member of
all other governmental bodies, agencies, and authorities in
this State of any nature whatsoever, to cooperate fully with
the State Director of Emergency Management in all matters
concerning this state of emergency.
11. In accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-34, N.J.S.A.
App. A:9-40.6, and N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156.4, no municipality or
public or semipublic agency shall send public works, fire,
police, emergency medical, or other personnel or equipment into
any non-contiguous, disaster-stricken municipality within this
State, nor to any disaster-stricken municipality outside this
State, unless and until such aid has been directed by the
county emergency management coordinator or his or her deputies
in consultation with the State Director of Emergency
Management.
12. This Order shall take effect immediately and shall
remain in effect until such time as it is determined by me that
an emergency no longer exists.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
4th day of March,
Two Thousand and Fifteen,
and of the Independence of
the United States, the Two
Hundred and Thirty-Ninth.
[seal] /s/ Chris Christie
Governor
Attest:
/s/ Christopher S. Porrino
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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