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Gov. declares NJ state of emergency before storm


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Officials are warning New Jersey residents to stay off the roads as a winter storm moves through state.

Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency Thursday in preparation for the storm, which is expected to produce near blizzard conditions in places along the shore and in northwestern New Jersey.

The governor authorized the closing of state offices Friday for all non-essential workers. State courthouses were closed Friday, as were Trenton city offices for non-essential workers. New Jersey Transit announced it would cross-honor all tickets Thursday and Friday.

The snow is expected to continue through Friday afternoon, bringing significant accumulation, low visibility and frigid temperatures. Most of the state is under a winter storm warning.

The National Weather Service warned of strong winds and dangerously cold wind chills.