Governor Chris Christie has postponed Halloween until Monday, November 5.

Governor Chris Christie at the Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC) in Ewing
Governor Chris Christie at the Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC) in Ewing. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

“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,” said Governor Christie. “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.”

Surrounded by his children during Monday's Ask the Governor on Townsquare Media NJ, Christie said he would likely postpone the holiday after seeing the full effects of Sandy around New Jersey.

The damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy poses a continued threat to public safety in communities across New Jersey due to flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines, roadway closures, and disruptions in electrical service, making it unsafe and imprudent to participate in traditional celebrations, such as trick-or-treat walks.

Local officials are advised to notify and encourage their communities and residents to delay any planned celebrations until Monday.

Toms River postponed its annual Halloween parade indefinately.


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