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.
Keeping in the Halloween spirit, Chris Christie is scaring Republicans by being nice to Obama.— Indecision (@indecision) October 31, 2012
I'm sorry, Gov.Christie, but I believe the date of Halloween is set by the Constitution.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 30, 2012
Did Chris Christie actually postpone Halloween? Are we sure he didn't yell it down in a public forum?— HuffPost Hill (@HuffPostHill) October 31, 2012
Day of the Dead = Election Day now? RT @jesserodriguez: Gov. Christie has signed an executive order postponing Halloween until Monday in NJ— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) October 31, 2012
Now you know it's serious: Chris Christie is considering rescheduling Halloween in New Jersey. Think about that for a moment.— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 30, 2012
If Gov. Christie can reschedule Halloween we deserve hover boards by now. #Facts— FamousDC (@FamousDC) October 30, 2012
i will remember the time chris christie rescheduled halloween and vote gop for the first time in my life in 2016— dummy (@elzw) October 30, 2012
governor christie reschedules halloween to thanksgiving and activates an ancient native american curse— jooOooOOon hendren (@fart) October 30, 2012
Gov Christie declares halloween is monday. Also asserted was Christmas in now the 30th.— matt brez (@mbrez79) October 31, 2012
More than a few tweets poked fun at the shifts in political partnerships wrought by Sandy's destruction.
Chris Christie decided to dress up as Barack Obama's best friend for Halloween.— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) October 31, 2012
For Halloween, Chris Christie has dressed up as a reasonable guy.— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) October 31, 2012
A number of tweets (not so) gently ribbed Christie for his weight
It's a ruse! He just wants all the good houses to himself! MT @jesserodriguez: Christie has signed an executive order postponing Halloween— David Weiner (@daweiner) October 31, 2012
NJ Governor Chris Christie has vowed to reschedule Halloween. He's also preemptively doubling-up on Thanksgivings. Tubby stops for no storm!— Ryan Stout (@StoutRyan) October 30, 2012