BY ABBOTT KOLOFF
Relatives of 9/11 victims, concerned about rumors that a free state-run ferry to Manhattan for the anniversary of the terrorist attacks had been canceled, were told Thursday that the complimentary service will be available this year as it has for the past decade.
State officials said the free ferry service between Liberty State Park in Jersey City and Manhattan had never been canceled, as some people believed after reading posts to an online forum for 9/11 victims that said it was not going to be offered. As Governor Christie delivered the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, 9/11 relatives were being asked to write him to ask that the service be restored.
“I don’t know how that got out,” said Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office. “The governor never cut the service.”
Thomas Meehan of Toms River, whose daughter Colleen, 26, a product manager for Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed in the 9/11 attacks, said he was told on Monday by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office that the service was not being offered. He wrote a letter asking Christie and other state officials to restore the service. That letter was posted in an online forum run by a Little Falls resident, Arnold Korotkin.
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