Chris Christie prepares to reschedule Halloween in NJ; FEMA says storm might affect elections

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Chris Christie has been pro-actively on storm duty all day long. But New Jersey’s governor may have shocked the his Twitter followers on Monday night, when during the Superstorm Sandy at about 8:30 p.m. ET, he tweeted: “If conditions are not safe on Wednesday for Trick or Treating, I will sign an Executive Order rescheduling #Halloween.”

Younger New Jersey residents now can ride out the storm without having to worry about missing out Halloween, dressing up and consuming unhealthy amount of candy. This tweet was also not the only one sent out by Christie to reassure his younger constituents. Earlier that day, he tweeted: “For all the kids at home, there is no reason to be scared. The adults are taking care of business. #Sandy

Halloween is not the only thing that might be rescheduled.

According to POLITICO’s Alex Guillen, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is exploring whether or not Superstorm Sandy will affect voting in impacted areas.

“We are anticipating that, based on the storm, there could be impacts that would linger into next week and have impacts on the federal election,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said during Monday’s conference call with reporters.

While federal law does require that the elections take place on a Tuesday following first Monday in November, there is an exception for when states fail to make such decision as could happen following Superstorm Sandy.

“It’s really too early to say what will be the impacts of the storm, and that’s why it’s again important that we’ll be supporting the governors’ teams and their supervisors of election or secretaries of state as they determine what … assistance they may need,” said Fugate.

Gov. Christie seems sure that he can reschedule Halloween, but Guillen reports that “the Federal Election Assistance Commission advises state election officials to “review existing State law to determine if the Governor has the power to cancel an election or designate alternative methods for distribution of ballots.””