New Jersey's transit entities prepare for heavy rains, Hurricane Joaquin

State agencies are making sure New Jersey's roads and rails are ready for a large storm expected to hit this weekend.

State agencies are making sure New Jersey's roads and rails are ready for a large storm expected to hit this weekend. (10/1/15)

NEWARK - Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency for New Jersey ahead of a nor'easter expected to hit the state Friday and the potential threat of Hurricane Joaquin.

All over the state, local municipalities and residents have been getting themselves ready for the potential storm. New Jersey's travel entities have been hard at work making sure New Jerseyans are able to travel the state during the emergency.

New Jersey Transit maintenance crews were out inspecting equipment to make sure everything is in working order. They have also been out checking tracks and drainage pipes to make sure they do not get blocked or flood, causing service disruptions.

A spokesperson for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority said that there are 800 personnel along with 400 pieces of equipment ready go to make sure the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway are debris free during the storm.

Additionally, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has 700 personnel ready to go along with 500 pieces of equipment to monitor the rest of New Jersey's roads. They are equipped to handle fallen tree limbs, debris and other dangers.

Earlier Thursday, many New Jersey motorist were out fueling up. Some people told News 12 New Jersey they wanted to be safe after not being as prepared as they could have been during Superstorm Sandy. With lower gas prices, lines at many New Jersey gas stations were long while people gassed up their vehicles and filled containers for generators.

The Christie administration also issued a warning to consumers to watch out for price gouging during the declared state of emergency.

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