By CBS3 Staff

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has granted Santa Claus permission to fly throughout the Garden State with unlimited access on Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. Murphy has declared Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the rest of Kris Kringle’s crew essential workers.

Murphy’s announcement comes just in time for Santa to get ready for his annual departure across the world.

“Effective IMMEDIATELY, Santa and Mrs. Claus, with their elves and reindeer — including Rudolph — are permitted to fly in and around New Jersey from Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. Merry Christmas,” Murphy tweeted Thursday morning.

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