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Internet reacts to NJ's postponed Halloween

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Oct. 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM   |   Comments

Oct. 31 (UPI) -- By now, you've probably heard that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has postponed Halloween until Monday, Nov. 5, for the children in his state.

The state of New Jersey released the following statement early Wednesday:

Citing the need to ensure the safety of the public amid the continued state of emergency in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order 105, postponing Halloween celebrations across New Jersey until Monday, November 5, 2012 as a result of continued unsafe conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

"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."

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.

The circumstances that forced the change, of course, are of the utmost seriousness. Hurricane-slash-Superstorm Sandy devastated large swaths of Christie's state, at best knocking Halloween down the list of priorities, and at worst, making Trick or Treating a dangerous endeavor.

But let's be real. Rescheduling Halloween? That's pretty funny.

Twitter, as is its wont, reacted appropriately.











More than a few tweets poked fun at the shifts in political partnerships wrought by Sandy's destruction.



A number of tweets (not so) gently ribbed Christie for his weight



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