TRENTON - A state of emergency remains in effect for New Jersey as a massive snow event slams the garden state.

Gov. Chris Christie is authorizing a delayed opening for non-essential state employees Friday.  This is to allow ample time for roadways, parking lots and sidewalks to be made safe for travel.   These non-essential employees are expected to come to work at 10:30 a.m.

"I strongly encourage all New Jerseyans to remain off the roads tonight if possible and exercise caution during their morning commutes tomorrow,” says Christie. “I thank our state's transportation crews and first responders for their tireless efforts to keep our residents safe."

The state of emergency authorizes the state director of emergency management to continue coordinating preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.