Chris Christie Postpones Halloween
There won’t be any little ghosts and goblins tonight if Chris Christie has anything to say about it:
Gov. Chris Christie today signed an executive order to postpone Halloween until Monday because of unsafe conditions throughout New Jersey in the wake of 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,” Christie said in a statement.
Now I’m not sure how much legal effect this actually has, but Christie obviously wants to convey a message to communities across the state. Those communities lucky enough to have escaped relatively unscathed, and there are some parts of the state lucky enough to be able to say that, can make their own choices about how to proceed tonight. Quite honestly, given the reports we’ve seen on television and what I’m hearing from family up in Central Jersey about what the conditions are like up there, postponing strikes me as a wise decision. There are trees and power lines down all over the place, power is out, and traffic signals aren’t working. Not exactly auspicious conditions for children to be wandering neighborhoods at night.
Here’s the Executive Order: