THE GOVERNOR OF New Jersey has postponed Halloween in the state until next Monday due to unsafe conditions in the aftermath of ‘superstorm’ Sandy.
Republican governor Chris Christie signed an official government order today which said that it would be dangerous for children and imprudent to celebrate Halloween “at a time when all New Jerseyans are struggling to cope with their losses”.
The Executive Order signed by the governor said that the postponement was necessary to minimise any additional risks to lives and public safety.
“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.
“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,” he said.
US President Barack Obama is visiting New Jersey today to meet with Christie and tour parts of Atlantic City which was badly hit by the storm. At least 55 people have died in the United States as a result of Sandy.