By Matthew Arco | September 3rd, 2013 - 1:23pm
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NEWARK – Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday he empathizes with any New Jersey residents who have relatives in Syria, but he stopped short of offering his opinion of whether the U.S. should have a role in the conflict.

The governor referred to the use of chemical weapons as “something that is just intolerable for civilized society,” but said he would defer to the state’s congressional delegation in deciding whether U.S. forces should launch a strike against the country torn into civil unrest.

“I’m going to leave that to the people who represent us in Congress to make that decision,” Christie said Tuesday, noting President Barack Obama has now placed that decision “in the lap of Congress” and that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – chaired by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) – will convene today.

“We’re fortunate in New Jersey to have someone who will be at the forefront of this discussion and help to craft the policy,” he said. “I have great confidence in Sen. Menendez and Sen. Chiesa and the rest of the people in the congressional delegation to do what they think is right for America.”

The Back Room

McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told PolitickerNJ.com on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 17, 2014

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions commentsHACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political...

Op-Ed

The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“The new agenda is charter schools. It’s a profit-making business. $500 million will not be in our hands. The school board is an advisory board. We are not going to tell the governor to unleash the dollars. Don’t be fooled. It’s not abracadabra. It’s politics.” - Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones

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