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Executive Order #23

Governor James J. Florio

WHEREAS, the storm which occurred on December 27 to December 28, 1990 created severe weather conditions, including snow, freezing rain and icing, which resulted in hazardous road conditions and which threatened life and property; and

WHEREAS, those weather conditions posed a threat and constituted a disaster from a natural cause which threatened and endangered the health, safety or resources of the residents of more than one municipality and county of this State; and which was in some parts of the State, and in other parts of the State, might have become too large in scope to be handled in its entirety by the normal municipal operating services; and

WHEREAS, the Constitution and statutes of the State of New Jersey, particularly the provisions of the Law of 1942, Chapter 251 (N.J.S.A. App. A:9-30 et seq.) and Laws of 1979, Chapter 240 (N.J.S.A. 38A: 3-6.1) and the Laws of 1963, Chapter 109 (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; and

WHEREAS, Acting Governor John A. Lynch, after consultation with and upon the recommendation of State Emergency Management Personnel, verbally declared that a Limited State of Emergency existed in the State on December 28, 1990; and

WHEREAS, in response to the State of Emergency, Acting Governor John A. Lynch authorized the Adjutant General of the Department of Defense and the New Jersey National Guard to take appropriate emergency action, if necessary, in accordance with the Laws of 1963, Chapter 109 (N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4) and the Laws of 1979, Chapter 24 (N.J.S.A. 38A:3-6.1) as supplemented and amended, and in accordance with the Laws of 1942, Chapter 251 (N.J.S.A. App. A:9-30) as supplemented and amended, authorized the Superintendent of the Division of State Police, who is the State's Director of Emergency Management, through the police agencies under his control, to determine the control and direction of the flow of such vehicular traffic on any State highway, municipal or county road, that he, in his discretion, deemed necessary for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public; and

WHEREAS, the exigencies which required the declaration of the Limited State of Emergency on December 28, 1990 did not permit the preparation, in advance, of a written Executive Order declaring a Limited State of Emergency.

THEREFORE, I, JAMES J. FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, ORDER and DIRECT:

(1) The verbal declaration by Acting Governor John A. Lynch of a Limited State of Emergency on December 28, 1990, is hereby ratified, and

(2) The severity of the weather conditions which necessitated the declaration of a State of Emergency having ceased by 12:00 midnight on December 28, 1990, the State of Emergency is hereby terminated effective 12:00 midnight on December 28, 1990.

I wish to express my gratitude to the people of New Jersey for the manner in which they cooperated during this Limited State of Emergency, and to law enforcement and emergency response personnel for their untiring efforts.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal
this 9th day of January in the Year
of Our Lord, one thousand nine
hundred and ninety, and of the
Independence of the United States,
the two hundred and fifteenth.

/s/ James J. Florio


/s/ Andrew Weber
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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