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Hackettstown declares local state of emergency in response to COVID-19

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Hackettstown has declared a local state of emergency in response to the evolving outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

The most immediate effect of the declaration is limited access to the Hackettstown Municipal Building, Hackettstown Police Department, and the Hackettstown Department of Public Works, officials said.

Here is a list of changes the town has made:

  • UPDATE: Public access to the Hackettstown Municipal Building, Department of Public Works Building, etc. are now restricted. Administrative offices will be staffed from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Any questions regarding available services can be answered by calling 908-852-3130.
  • Due to the Coronavirus concerns, the Hackettstown Police Department is requesting that if you are in need of any paperwork, copies of incidents or motor vehicle crash reports, that you please call us at 908-852-3302. We will make every effort to accommodate your request either via mail, email or fax and the normal associated fees will be waived.
  • In order to the protect citizens and the Hackettstown Police Department, we are requesting that any/all general police inquiries, for example lost property and fraud/bad check complaints, be made via phone and not in person. Should you need to file a report, Hackettstown Police Department is requesting you call 908-852-3302 during regular business hours (M-F 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) or after hours, call the Warren County Dispatch Center at 908-852-3300. Should you have an actual emergency, please call 9-1-1.

“This is for the upkeep of our employees’ health and maintaining their ability to serve you. If an employee contracts the virus it might be necessary to isolate others, greatly reducing the size of our workforce,” officials said.

Hackettstown residents and anyone visiting Hackettstown are urged to sign-up for Nixle Alerts (people can get the alerts by texting “07840” to “888-777” or by going to, and on, and for the latest information.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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