9/11: Eleven Years Later – Reaction From Trenton & Washington
Reaction to the eleventh anniversary of 9/11/01 from Trenton & New Jersey's Congressional delegation.
Governor Chris Christie (R)
“As we reach the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we pause to remember and honor the memories of the innocent victims who lost their lives in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania – 746 of them New Jerseyans. Over a decade later, the events of that day – the unprecedented nature of the attacks on our homeland, the tragic loss of life, and the character, heroism and selflessness displayed by responders on that day – continue to have a permanent and deep-seated affect on every New Jerseyan and American today.
As we gather at memorial ceremonies across the state, we remember the very best and the very worst of what we all experienced that day. We continue to give our comfort, thoughts and prayers to our communities and families who lost a loved one and honor the thousands of selfless Americans – firefighters, police officers, EMS responders, construction workers, and military personnel – who displayed unimaginable bravery and sacrifice.
“The events of that day continue to unite us as Americans – in our common respect and debt to the heroes of that day and against the forces of hatred that sought to cripple and undermine our values, our freedom, and our resolve as a nation and people to be a force of good in the world. As our state and nation did in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, we continue to demonstrate the resilience, strength and patriotism that define us as both New Jerseyans and Americans."
Senate President Steve Sweeney(D)
“Today marks a day of reflection on a horrific moment in our nation’s history. We were attacked through cowardice by those who violently disagree with our way of life, with our freedoms and with our liberties.
“At the same time, what we saw that day and immediately thereafter reflected the best of both the American and the human spirit. We witnessed amazing acts of heroism from our men and women in uniform, as well as those individuals who simply saw people in need of assistance and reached out to help them. We have also seen the bravery of our troops overseas as they continue to fight for us.
“While the country was shocked and we mourned those we lost, in the end, we came together as Americans, united to heal the terrible wounds of that day and determined to protect the ideals of freedom and opportunity that are the target of terrorism.”
ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT Sheila Y. Oliver (D)
“It has been 11 years since our lives were forever changed, but our thoughts and prayers turn toward those who were lost as if it was yesterday.
“We will never forget the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and while doing so, we will never forget the bravery and strength shown in the face of terror.
“We will never forget the mothers and fathers, the brothers and sisters, the daughters and sons, the friends and neighbors who didn’t come home that day.
“We will never forget those who have served to protect freedom across the world, most especially the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice and the heroes who returned injured and disabled.
“And when we remember, we will hopefully take a moment to value our freedom and liberty and remain vigilant against those who would seek to destroy it.
“On behalf of the New Jersey General Assembly, our thoughts and prayers are always with those who we remember this day.”
John Wisniewski, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee
"None of us can ever forget the horror and heartbreak of September 11th, 2001. As we commemorate those tragic events, it is only proper and fitting that we remember the lives we lost that day and the families whose lives were forever changed. We offer them our continued prayers and support.
But there is also solace to be found in other memories from September 11th – memories of the unity we all felt as Americans, of the awe and appreciation we felt for the men and women who serve in our police and fire departments and as emergency responders, and of the bravery and love of country we saw displayed by ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.
On this day, we must also never forget the courage displayed by the young men and women in uniform who continue to fight on foreign land against the forces behind the events of September 11th.
As we remember the tragedy, let us also always remember what September 11th taught us about ourselves and our character. And let us always hold our heads high as Americans, proud of our country and of our people."
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R)
Eleven years ago our world changed forever, but the American spirit on display in the aftermath of the attacks remains as strong and resilient as ever. May we never forget those who lost their lives and gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure others did not meet the same fate that day. And may we never lose the resolve and determination as a country to defend not only our own freedoms, but those of others who cannot fight for themselves.
Senator Joe Kyrillos
"Today, as a nation we pause to remember September 11th. All of us remember where we were when that clear blue September sky was pierced by those who sought to bring a great country to her knees. America was attacked, but our confidence in freedom and democracy remains unshaken.
Today, we honor the memories of those who gave their lives in the defense of freedom. We remember their names and the families they left behind. Our hearts are still broken, but even in the depths of our sadness our commitment to freedom has never wavered. Today, we remember the brave men and women who rushed into the burning Towers and saved countless lives.
We remember them and all who courageously put their lives on the line to protect freedom. Today, we put aside politics and personal differences to unite around that which binds us. We are Americans. Today, we remember. Let us never forget."
Congressman Jon Runyan
“Today we remember all of the men and women who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The nation as a whole suffered a great loss that day, but we came out of the ashes and rubble stronger and more united.
As all Americans and our friends around the world pause in remembrance of the lives that were lost that day, let us also recall the unity that also emerged as we all renewed commitment to protecting freedom in the United States and around the world. Today we will not just remember the men and women who lost their lives, but celebrate the lives they led and everything that unites this great nation.”