March 14, 2017 | Number of The Day
Extent of NJ’s road-salt reserves

As New Jersey readied for a dangerous blizzard that’s predicted to hit much of the state today, Gov. Chris Christie outlined ongoing preparations for the storm following a news conference held yesterday in Englewood Cliffs on the state economy and jobs. Christie said New Jersey is well-prepared to handle the task of keeping the roadways clear of snow and ice during the storm, thanks to salt reserves that were at 75 percent capacity due to what’s generally been a mild winter.

“All of our trucks are ready,” Christie told reporters. “We’ve got plenty of salt.”

Christie announced a state of emergency later yesterday as some areas of the state were expected to see more than 20 inches of snow and winds gusting up to 60 mph through this evening. The state of emergency means all states offices are closed today for non-essential employees.

In 2014, New Jersey’s salt stockpiles nearly ran dry as the state experienced several major winter storms and a total of more than 60 inches of snow. The state Department of Transportation was also forced to spend three times its normal winter budget that year, Christie said at the time.