New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday signed an executive order postponing Halloween until Monday, Nov. 5.
In a statement, the governor said he made the decision "to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy."
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New Jersey was among the states hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. The storm was responsible for at least eight deaths there, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, and as of Wednesday morning, over 2 million people in the state were still without power.
"The level of devastation at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable," Christie said at a press conference on Tuesday, according to CNN.
"There are no words to describe what so many New Jersey residents experienced over the last 24 hours and what we will have to contend with over the coming days, weeks and months,” the governor added, The Wall Street Journal reports.
President Obama is scheduled to join Christie on Wednesday afternoon to visit some of the state's hardest-hit areas.
Full statement on Halloween from Gov. Christie's office:
"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."