Chris Christie reacted over the weekend to the terror attacks in Paris, France:
Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you for having me here today. You know, over 14 years ago on September 10, 2001, I was named United States Attorney for the state of New Jersey by President George W. Bush. The next day, my wife, Mary Pat, did what she had been doing for years. She left her home at 6:00 in the morning, headed to the train station with a train that would eventually bring her to the World Trade Center. She walked through the World Trade Center at 7:30 that morning to her office building, two blocks away from the World Trade Center. It was September 11, 2001.
I took the day from work because I was getting ready to start a new job. I brought my children to school on a beautiful, cloudless day in the state where I was born and raised. When I got home, the first plane had hit the first building and I called my wife. She told me there was nothing to worry about. She could see the fire from out her window. They told her it was a small commuter plane. And that all would be fine. While we were on the phone discussing what our plans were for the day and her making sure that I remembered to pick up the children from school, the second plane hit the second building. Her bosses told her she had to evacuate to the basement of her building immediately and for the next five and a half hours, I didn't hear from her.
At that time, we had three children, an 8-year-old son, a 5-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son. And as the hours passed and the buildings fell and the death toll mounted and I didn't hear from my wife, I knew two things. One, that when my children came home from school, the first thing they were going to ask me is where's mom? And the second thing I thought about was what would my life be like without my best friend and as a single parent of three? Fortunately for me and for our children, Mary Pat came out alive. But that night, one of our friends from our parish who she had got a job for after he had become unemployed was not home. The job she had gotten him was in the World Trade Center. We went and sat with his wife and she replicated what was going on all throughout our region that night. She sat and said to us, ‘I'm sure Frank is fine. I'm sure he's just in the hospital somewhere. I'm sure I'm going to hear from him soon.’ Of course, he never came home. And days later, we went to his funeral and the parish, Jim, is named now in his honor.
You see, for me, being seven years as the U.S. attorney in New Jersey immediately after September 11, terrorism is not theoretical. It's not something that I discuss in the basement of the Capital in a subcommittee meeting. I went to the funerals. I saw the carnage. And it was my job in the days, weeks, months, and years after that to make sure that it never happened again. I'm honored to have had that job. And honored to be one of the folks who contributed to making sure in the next seven years, it didn't happen again. And I fear as a nation that we've begun to lose our focus, lose our focus on how we felt in the days after September 11, how fearful we were, how at risk we felt. We took for granted the safety and security that was provided by us, to us by a government that understood its first and most important job, was to provide for the safety and the security of the American people.
So I originally thought when I was thinking about this yesterday and coming to speak to all of you that I would do what I normally do. I would get a handheld microphone. I would wander around the stage. I would talk to you about my vision for America's future and its economy, education, jobs, and our national security. Tell a few jokes and have a good time with you. But I thought last night as I watched the television and the unfolding events that that was not the appropriate speech for someone who's asking you to be the leader of our country to give on a day like today. And so I took to my thoughts and unusually for me, I put them down on paper. So I hope you forgive me because I think the time is too serious and the moment is too grave to be giving off-the-cuff remarks today. To be giving some canned stump speech that I've been giving in Iowa and New Hampshire. I want to speak to you about what’s in my heart, about what I’ve seen based on my experience for the last 24 hours.
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