TAMPA, Fla. — As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie touts his brand of conservatism and fiscal responsibility in a marquee speech at the Republican convention Tuesday, relatives of 9/11 victims said they think the Garden State may be going too far in cutting transportation for them to this year’s memorial services.
I was contacted by a reader who informed me that the state of NJ will, in-fact be providing transportation to the families of 9/11 victims to attend the memorial. MORE INFO HERE
For the previous decade, New Jersey has run a ferry to Ground Zero for family members, making it easier for them on a day that all find difficult. But they have been told they will have to make their own way to the tragic site on the 11th anniversary, according to Arnold Korotkin, who runs a listserv dedicated to Sept. 11 and its survivors. He warned of the cut Tuesday:
Dear 9/11 Family Members: Recently a New Jersey 9/11 Family received a voice communication stating that the State of New Jersey will not be providing transportation to this year’s 9/11 ceremony. Below is a sample letter you can fax to Governor Chris Christie and to Assistant Attorney General, Mr. John G.Holl urging them to reverse this decision. The Governor’s fax number is: 1-609-292-5212 The Attorney General’s fax number is: 1-609-292-3508 All of New Jersey’s 9/11 families should be informed about this matter and should voice their opinions to both Governor Christie and Assistant Attorney General Holl about the lack of transportation. Thank you, Arnie Arnold Korotkin ===================== TO: The Governor of New Jersey The Honorable Chris Christie TO: Office of the Attorney General Assistant Attorney General Mr. John G. Holl We would first like to express our sincere thanks to Mr. Holl for his service and dedication to all of the families of the 760 New Jersey victims of this national tragedy. His kindness and tireless efforts for all of the families shall always be remembered. It was disappointing to receive a communication today, conveying the information that there will be no transportation from Liberty State Park to the ceremony provided by the New Jersey. All of the family members , parents, siblings, extended family members have endured not only the loss of loved ones, but immense adverse health impact upon their lives, the absence of transportation and security provided by the state of New Jersey will surely impact them as they attempt to reach the ceremony at the required arrival time. As 9/11 family members we hope you will re-consider your decision, and at the minimum afford a means for the readers and family members to reach the destination in time for the ceremony. It cannot be that the lives lost, all 760 , are not worth the cost of a ferry ride, to ensure that they are remembered by the State which they were born in, or lived their lives, or selected as their residence? A simple acknowledgement would be appreciated.
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