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.”

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