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Gov. Christie Postpones Halloween in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

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Governor Chris Christie updates the media on the state of the state after severe weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy at the Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC) in Ewing, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 Governor Chris Christie updates the media on the state of the state after severe weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy at the Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC) in Ewing, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

When it comes to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, there's one question you should stop asking:

"Can he do that?"

Doesn't matter, he did.

Christie made good on a tweet sent Monday promising to cancel Halloween if conditions remained unsafe for trick-or-treaters following Hurricane Sandy. Citing concerns for public safety, Christie signed an executive order postponing Halloween celebrations in New Jersey until Nov. 5.

Read the full statement below:

Trenton, NJ – 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.

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Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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