New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his Challenger State Senator Barbara Buono, both released statements marking the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, in which over 700 of the victims were residents of the Garden State.
Christie stated, “on the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we pause to honor and remember the nearly 3,000 innocent victims, more than 700 of them New Jerseyans, whose lives were lost in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. We continue to comfort the families of the victims and share in the memories of their loved ones, as well as honor the thousands of Americans ; firefighters, police officers, EMS responders, military personnel and construction workers whose selfless acts of bravery and heroism saved thousands of lives that day. We are also grateful to our law enforcement communities and our Armed Forces for their tremendous sacrifices to protect us at home and abroad since the terrorist attacks. The events of that day united us as Americans to show the world the power of our strength and resolve to overcome unspeakable evil. Just as we did on September 11, 2001, we continue to display today and every day the patriotism that defines us as New Jerseyans and as Americans."
Christie’s challenger for the Governor’s chair, State Senator Barbara Buono stated “the tragic events of September 11, 2001 saddened the United States as a whole, and they directly impacted many families here in New Jersey. On this day, our thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost loved ones, and our utmost gratitude goes to our first responders, firefighters, law enforcement officers, members of our armed forces, and every American who chose to act with benevolence and decency in the face of absolute evil.
“Twelve years ago, our attackers sought to evoke paralyzing fear, but we responded with indestructible unity. Today, let us remember and honor that spirit. And may we never forget it.”
Christie ordered that all flags be lowered to fly at half-staff at all the States buildings and issued a proclamation marking the day as “"Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance" throughout New Jersey.