Gov. Christie declares state of emergency before storm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says heisn't waiting for rain to start falling before preparing forpossible major flooding.Christie signed an executive order ahead of Thursday'santicipated

TRENTON - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says heisn't waiting for rain to start falling before preparing forpossible major flooding.

Christie signed an executive order ahead of Thursday'santicipated deluge declaring a state of emergency along the Passaicand Delaware rivers and around flood-prone Bound Brook in SomersetCounty.

Christie said during a radio interview Wednesday evening thatthe emergency declaration would enable National Guard troops andState Police to mobilize early.

The governor was widely criticized for leaving the state for aFlorida vacation before a post-Christmas blizzard dumped up to 2feet of snow on the state.

The National Weather Service has put a flood warning in effectfor the Passaic River Valley. Most of the rest of the state isunder a flood watch.

Little Falls prepares for more rain, flooding Wayne braces for more flooding VIDEO: Chopper 12 over flooding in northern NJ Fairfield mayor calls for stronger flood response Bound Brook's flood-control project close to completion Storm causes flooding in Westwood Bound Brook's flood-control project close to completion Flood waters force evacuations in Bergen, Passaic counties New Jersey rivers swell after heavy rains

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