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Christie Says He’ll Leave Syria Decision to Washington Reps, Applauds NJIT Use of Bond Money

9-3-13

By Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron
NJ Today

Asked about Syria, Gov. Chris Christie said he’ll leave that up the representatives in Washington.

“The president has now placed that in the lap of Congress. Sen. Menendez is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He’ll be holding hearings starting today. We’re fortunate in New Jersey to have someone who will be at the forefront of this discussion and helping to craft the policy,” Christie said. “And certainly the use of chemical weapons is something that just is intolerable for civilized society, and so I empathize with those folks who have relatives back in Syria. But I’m gonna let the policy-making be done by the people who are getting the bulk of the briefing on this.”

Christie was on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. He was there to highlight the largest construction project to flow out of last year’s higher education bond issue.

NJIT purchased the old Newark Central High School building a decade ago. It stood empty until now.

“This 220,000-square-foot facility, when it is renovated, will have state-of-the art labs, state-of-the art classrooms,” said NJIT President Joel Bloom.

Christie said 46 New Jersey colleges and universities are benefiting from the borrowing voters approved last year.

“And what we’re standing next to today is the single largest funded project out of the $1.3 billion; $86 million committed to this building at NJIT,” Christie said.

A reporter asked Christie about a recent comment by his Democratic opponent Barbara Buono aimed at the “Stronger Than The Storm” TV commercials but appearing to reference Christie’s weight.

“Whether it’s spending $2 million additional on an ad campaign that features you at the Jersey Shore. Now I don’t know about you, but seeing Chris Christie frolicking on the beach is not going to drive me to going to the shore,” Buono had said.

Christie said it’s unfortunate she has copied Jon Corzine, who ran an ad four years ago saying Christie threw his weight around.

“So listen, I’m very disappointed that she’s decided to go down that road. For me and for other folks across New Jersey — many folks — who are challenged by their weight, the fact that someone running for governor would make derisive comments about someone’s physical appearance I think is really beneath the office that she’s seeking,” Christie said.

Later in the day, Christie visited Teaneck, where three Democratic councilmen endorsed him for reelection.