Gloucester City plays a trick on N.J. with a jump on Halloween

    In the wake of superstorm Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie postponed Halloween for New Jersey towns and cities until Monday by executive order.

    But despite Christie’s order, Batman roamed the streets at the foot of the Walt Whitman Bridge in Gloucester City Wednesday night.

    The town of 11,000 just couldn’t wait to go trick-or-treating.

    And so, they went rogue.

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    “We had a very good turnout, the streets were packed with children,” said Jack Lipsett, Gloucester City administrator.

    Lipsett defends observing the holiday on the 31st.

    “We didn’t do it to defy Governor Christie, we wanted to have a sense of community,” he said. “The children in Gloucester, they were going stir crazy being in the house for a number of days.”

    Lipsett says storm damage in his town is minimal and that he conferred with the mayor, school district, and police and fire officials before making the decision.

    Even though his town technically broke the law, Lipsett doesn’t fear legal recourse.

    Christie’s office could not be reached for comment.

    As far as the city of Gloucester’s kids go, the holiday is about to get doubly sweet. They’ll have a whole ‘nother chance to score treats at the doors of neighboring towns on New Jersey’s designated trick or treat day Monday.

    “I’m sure people from Gloucester will be going to other towns. That’s just kids looking to get candy,” said Lipsett.

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