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.

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