TRENTON – Senator Sandra Bolden Cunningham, D-Hudson, released the following statement regarding today’s Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing with the Department of Environmental Protection, during which plans for a second September 11, 2001 memorial in Jersey City were discussed:
“The events of September 11, 2001 affected all of us very deeply, but I think it’s safe to say that the most affected were the families of the people who perished that day. Many of the people who lost their lives that day were from New Jersey, so it’s only fitting that they are memorialized here.
“To date there are a number of 9-11 memorials throughout the state – including one located on the Jersey City waterfront at the Exchange Place PATH station, and one in Bayonne – with plans for another memorial to be built at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. It is imperative that we get out and talk to the families of local 9-11 victims as well as Jersey City residents to get an idea of whether or not they support this new initiative. I’m proposing that we hold public hearings with family members and local residents so that we can decide on the best course of action.
“In tough fiscal times like these, we want to make sure that all funds are accounted for, and if these families don’t want a second memorial built in Jersey City, we can put the money towards other projects.”