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Christie attends Jewish community center rally in Tenafly

Posted at 8:47 AM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 12:21:57-05

TENAFLY, N.J.  — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is showing solidarity with the Jewish community.

The Republican on Friday attended a rally at the Kaplen Jewish Community Center on the Palisades in Tenafly. The center was the target of a bomb threat on Monday, the third it has fielded since January.

“We live in a world where hostilities have become part of our everyday lives and are directed at what makes us as New Jerseyans and Americans so unique – our diversity,” said Gov. Christie. “We are coming together today to stand as one New Jersey – committed to furthering understanding and tolerance throughout our diverse communities.”

Jewish community centers and schools in at least a dozen states were also targets of bomb threats this past week, the fifth wave since January.

Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and Missouri were recent targets of vandalism.

“Any JCC targeted, let alone half a dozen across NJ, is abhorrent and requires a full investigation to stamp out these frightening acts,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said.

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and fellow Democrats Reps. Bill Pascrell Jr. and Josh Gottheimer also are slated to attend the rally to condemn the rise of antisemitism.

PIX11’s Aliza Chasan contributed to this report.