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Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey on Monday as the Northeast blizzard bore down.

“This is going to be a significant storm,” he said at a news conference. “This is going to be a lot of snow, no matter how you add it up.”

He ordered the early dismissal of state government workers beginning at 1 p.m. ET and said state offices would be closed on Tuesday. He suggested that people prepare themselves for power and transit outages.

“Starting later this afternoon, you should stay home if you can,” he said. “And the same goes for all day tomorrow.”

Southern parts of the state may see only 6 inches, he said, but the northeastern and coastal counties could get 2 feet or more, with blizzard conditions.


— Erin McClam