It used to be that Christmas was the only holiday big enough to be stolen, ruined, or saved. But like some kind of zombie army, Halloween has grown almost as imposing.
So when "Frankenstorm" Sandy made landfall in New Jersey just two days before Halloween, something had to be done. Gov. Christie's solution took a characteristically expansive view of his powers, but it was brilliant in its simplicity: He rescheduled Halloween.
The governor issued an executive order citing storm-related risks to the safety of trick-or-treating children and concluding: "I, Chris Christie, governor of the state of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the constitution and by the statutes of this state, do hereby order and direct: Celebrations of Halloween scheduled for October 31, 2012, in all parts of New Jersey shall be held on Monday, November 5, 2012."