WHEREAS, beginning on March 1, 2009 and continuing throughout the daylight hours of March 2, 2009, severe weather conditions, including snow and high winds, made roadways hazardous to travel throughout the State; and
WHEREAS, snow accumulations in excess of ten inches in some places rendered it difficult or impossible for many citizens to commute to work and school, caused State government to implement a delayed opening and early dismissal for most employees in Trenton, and required some units of local government, including school districts, to close their operations for part or all of the day on March 2, 2009; and
WHEREAS, such closures were implemented in response to the aforesaid perilous weather conditions and were intended to avert or minimize the threats and danger posed by disaster from a natural cause to the health, safety, welfare, and resources of the residents of one or more municipalities or counties of this State; and
WHEREAS, in some cases, candidates for school board elections reportedly were prevented by school closures from making legally required filings in a timely manner, by 4:00 p.m. yesterday, consistent with State election laws; and
WHEREAS, the Constitution and statutes of the State of New Jersey, particularly the provisions N.J.S.A. App. A: 9 33 et seq. and all amendments and supplements thereto, confer upon the Governor of the State of New Jersey certain emergency powers;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- School districts shall accept, as timely, filings that were due by 4:00 p.m. yesterday, but which are made by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, March 4, 2009.
- This Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until 4 p.m. tomorrow, March 4, 2009.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 3rd
day of March, Two Thousand and Nine,
and of the Independence of the United
States, the Two Hundred and Thirty-third.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ William J. Castner, Jr.
Chief Counsel to the Governor