Gov. Chris Christie has postponed Halloween in New Jersey following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
Gov. Christie signed an executive order putting Halloween celebrations on hold until November 5. He said yesterday, “I can’t imagine that it’s going to be safe for kids to go around for Halloween tomorrow.” He also tweeted his intentions on Monday following the hurricane, writing, “If conditions are not safe on Wednesday for Trick or Treating, I will sign an Executive Order rescheduling #Halloween.”
In a press release, Gov. Christie said:
“I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy. In too many communities in our state, the damage and losses from this storm are still being sorted out, and dangerous conditions abound even as our emergency management and response officials continue their work. As Governor, it is my responsibility to use all available resources of the state government to protect against the emergency created by Hurricane Sandy – postponing Halloween celebrations by five days is a commonsense and necessary step to accomplish that.”
Other areas are also postponing Halloween celebrations. At least eight other cities in New Jersey have postponed trick-or-treating until Saturday, November 3. South Harrison Mayor Jim McCall said:
“It just seems to me that after the storm is over, whatever aftermath there will be, it would be less stressful to have Halloween on Saturday. It’s a really important holiday for the kids but there’s going to be a lot of aftermath and cleanup and we don’t want trick or treaters on the road Wednesday.”
The same curfew will remain in effect for towns moving trick-or-treating as if it were actually Halloween. Children under 18 will have to be off the streets by 8 pm.
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