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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has changed the date of Halloween, in his state.

Rather than celebrating the holiday today, Christie has postponed observance until Nov. 5, while the area recovers from the after effects of Sandy which hit the area as a tropical cyclone late Monday (Oct. 29).

“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,” Christie announced in a statement. “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.”

Officials on a local level made decisions on halting Halloween celebrations before Christie’s announcement.

In the city of Bridgewater, Mayor Dan Hayes, said on Tuesday (Oct. 30), that the streets were too dangerous for trick-or-treating, while Mayor David Stahl of East Brunswick scheduled a “Trunk-or-Treat” event on Saturday (Nov. 3). Instead of going door-to-door, children will be able to get candy from car trunks from 1 to 3 p.m. at Heavenly Farm Field. “I don’t want to disappoint the children,” Stahl said. “It’s going to be a safe environment, and it has bathroom facilities.”


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