Editors Note: This article is a REPRINT of an original TAPinto Clark story that ran on December 26, 2014. 

Merry Christmas from TAPinto Clark to you and yours.


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CLARK, NJ – Things are back to normal at mile marker 135 of the Garden State Parkway, a day after practical jokesters changed the sign to read “Clark Griswold.”  A temporary sign covered the word “Westfield.”

NJ State police confirmed that the NJ Turnpike Authority removed the jokester’s handiwork on  Christmas morning, but not before passing motorists snapped photos of it. The photos circulated the Internet throughout the day and evening.  Today, remnants of the temporary lettering litter the ground under the sign.

“Ha, ha, ha, funny,” said Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, still in the holiday spirit.

“You shouldn’t deface public property but if that is all it said and nothing about anyone’s race, ethnic background, sexual orientation or profanity, I’ll take it,” he continued. “I liked the movie, everybody did.  Thank God in today’s day that is all it said.  It was a little bit of a chuckle.”

Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, is the main character of the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”  In the movie, Griswold jumps multiple comic hurdles while en route to decorating his home with thousands of Christmas lights.