Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Hails From Morris

10-ton Norway Spruce to be cut down Tuesday morning in Mount Olive.

From Morris County to Rockefeller Center.

A 10-ton Norway Spruce will be cut down Tuesday morning in the Flanders section of Mount Olive and transported on a 115-foot-long trailer and transported to New York.

The tree, which is 80 feet tall and 50 feet in diameter, will be brought down on the property of Joseph Balku and will be erected in Rockefeller Center on Wednesday. The 80th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be held in two weeks on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

This is the first time since 2009 a New Jersey tree will be used at Rockefeller Center, according to NJ.com.

Tom G November 13, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The lack of compassion or forethought with regard to this years Rock tree is strangely similar to the whole NYC Marathon fiasco.
Amazed by Ignorance November 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
wow some of you people are crazy! For one hunting for sport is awesome, my family eats for a whole year on what my family hunts. And cutting down a tree is tradition and it brings thousands if not millions of people together during the holidays, who cares?! really you think that cutting down trees is worse for the enviornment then most of the products you use on a daily basis (i.e. cell phone, laundry detergents, body wash, cars...the list goes on) So stupid and ignorant!
Sir November 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM
This country has gone soft.
Edward P. Campbell November 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Here’s a FACT: No matter what we’ve been hit with, NYC and the surrounding area has never completely shut down. Not on 9-11, Irene, or Sandy! Nope, the only time you really see the greatest city in the world shut down is to celebrate the simple birth of a child, more than 2,000 years ago! Some of us, Get it: “My Jesus, my savior, Lord, there is none like you. All of my days, I want to praise, The wonders of your mighty love. My comfort, my shelter, Tower of refuge and strength. Let every breath, all that I am, Never cease to worship you. Shout to the lord, all the earth let us sing. Power and majesty, praise to the king. Mountains bow down, and the seas will roar, At the sound of your name. I sing for joy at the work of your hands, Forever I'll love you, Forever I'll stand. Nothing compares to the promise I have In you. My jesus, my savior. Lord, there is none like you. All of my days, I want to praise, The wonders of your mighty love. My comfort, my shelter, Tower of refuge and strength. Let every breath, all that I am, Never cease to worship you.” --- Credit to Hillsong.
Nose Wayne November 13, 2012 at 03:41 PM
HEY AMAZED, goes to show how stupid people are. where do you think that hamburger, steak, hot dog came from ? And people, that tree when done gets "RECYCLED".Branches are chipped up, wood cut up, and the ENTIRE TREE is REUSED !!!
mimi November 13, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Barb, some people have no idea how to grasp an emotional concept. A tree that was damaged but still had a beauty about it. Sort of like that piece of the Towers that was left standing. To show we made it through.
DANNY R. November 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Cry me a river, are you far real. GET A LIFE.
Rosie November 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM
How can you take such a positive thing as a Christmas Tree in Rock Center and make something negative about it. We need things like this to build up our spirits after the Sandy mess. Why do things always have to be talked about so negatively? Merry Christmas to all of you!!!!! The tree always cheers my spirit and makes me feel like a kid again. I am a 72 year old grandma and I love Christmas Christmas. It always brings out the good in people. Thing positive and be happy about these things. Life is much too short. I learned this with the loss of my son nearly five year ago. You take each day and try to survive and make some good out of a bad thing.
Barbara November 13, 2012 at 04:14 PM
So you think that less people would come to see the tree if it wasn't "perfect" ? Maybe more people would come after hearing the amazing story that could be told about the tree and its symbolism. Let's not turn this into yet (another) religious discussion.
Scondo November 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Once upon a time in the land of plenty, a great scourge came upon the land, people were hungry , their fields went fallow, the factories closed, many were out of work. Times were desperate. A family with wealth decided to put their money to work and to provide some jobs they set about to build a great center of commerce. Those who labored there were thankful and in their thanks they erected a symbol of the season, When we remember a gift to all mankind and wish peace on earth and good will toward men. That is how the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree came to be, two years before the "First " Tree. The history of the great depression is not so much different than today, many are hungry, out of work, despairing. May that tree and its lights brighten someones season. "On Dec. 24, 1931, some very fortunate men dressed the tree in strings of cranberries, garlands of paper, and even a few tin cans, then took places in line beside it. The men didn’t look fortunate, shuffling forward in their dust-caked work boots and grimy overalls, but as the line reached the clerk standing beside an upended wooden crate next to the tree, each man was handed proof of his luck: a paycheck.” " New York Times
Terry November 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Fine, except that NYC does not "shut down" on Christmas.
Antonio November 13, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Jon I agree with you more than 100%!!!!!!
Tammy November 13, 2012 at 05:03 PM
When I read this my first thought was why not use a tree that was knocked down during the hurricane? While it may not have been a gigantic tree the symbolism would have been huge.
cathy November 13, 2012 at 05:47 PM
It's the most wonderful time of the year.
Hookerman November 13, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Whose rear-end did you pull that FACT out of??? Neither NYC nor its surrounding areas completely shut down on December 25th, there are many businesses that remain open on Christmas (i've even worked in a few). Did you not know that Steven Speilberg often releases movies on December 25th so that non-chrisitians will have something to do on that day?
Russ Crespolini (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Hi folks, New story up from this morning with photos and video of the tree beginning its journey. http://patch.com/A-z3FN
mimi November 13, 2012 at 06:29 PM
brian November 13, 2012 at 09:59 PM
To all you tree huggers, THINK ABOUT IT........How many pine trees were cut down to build your home? How many wild animals were displaced to clear your lot? Morons
brian November 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM
@keepitreal. Basically I said the same thing, however I guess my moron and tree hugging comment was unacceptable. But really how many trees are cut down to build our homes?
brian November 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM
@Jon Totally agree with the lack of jobs in the US and everything in our stores made in China. Tell me where do you think most of the artificial trees are made? Not here......
brian November 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Totally agree, some say "stupid is as stupid does". really look it up lol
brian November 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM
thanks scondo i really dident know the story behind the tree i hpoe the rest of them read it..... merry christmas to you and yours
Couldn't b happier November 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM
So glad I left jersey
Denobin November 14, 2012 at 01:31 AM
We're glad you did, too!
Carol Phillips November 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I grew up in Flanders, New Jersey, and as fate may have it I am going to Time Square to watch the new year come in...Will CERTAINLY GO BY ROCK . CENTER TO SEE THE TREE!
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