Effective immediately, Halloween is postponed in New Jersey.
Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order declaring that no New Jersey town can hold trick-or-treating on Wednesday. If towns had planned to do so, they must move trick-or-treating and any public celebrations to Monday.
Towns that already moved trick-or-treating to another day other than Oct. 31 can keep their plans, but state officials are still suggesting Monday instead.
“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 said 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.”
In Bridgewater, Mayor Dan Hayes has said it is up to the parents whether they would like to go out with their children, and he was not planning to make an official statement, though he recommended that residents heed the decision of the governor.
Residents have said on the Bridgewater Patch Facebook page that they would just like to have one day set aside for all the children to enjoy Halloween.