Teenagers are now allowed to work on volunteer construction projects in the state.

Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order No. 137 Tuesday that will temporarily allow minors to volunteer for nonprofit organizations engaged in housing construction.

After Hurricane Sandy last October many youths were involved in volunteer projects to help rebuild homes. But their efforts were in violation of state laws that prohibited construction work from minors — except for volunteer efforts on affordable-housing projects.

The new order, which is in effect until the end of the year, allows for minors to participate in post-Sandy construction work. They are still prohibited from using heavy equipment and power tools.

“In the aftermath of Sandy, New Jerseyans of all ages came together to rebuild our state, including many minors working with charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity,” Christie said. “This Executive Order allows minors to safely give back to their state and help their fellow citizens during their time of need.”

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