New Jersey Joins Growing List of States "Not Accepting" Syrian Refugees

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TRENTON - Governor Chris Christie sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, November 17th, addressing the United States involvement in the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
The Governor confirmed that New Jersey will not accept Syrian refugees into the state, due to the tragic terrorist attacks that took place in Paris the week prior as well as the government’s failure to notify the State of New Jersey, New Jersey's Office of Homeland Security, and the appropriate law enforcement entities before refugees arrive in New Jersey.
Additionally, the Governor states that the government has failed to offer assistance in coordinating the refugees' arrival and mentions that the FBI director testified before Congress, informing them that the federal government does not have the appropriate background information in order to effectively conduct security checks on Syrian nationals.
The letter also stated that due to its close proximity to New York, a state that continues to be a prime target of ISIS and Islamist terrorists, accepting refugees into New Jersey poses an even greater safety risk to Americans. Governor Christie also noted an incident that happened this past September, involving a New Jersey man who pled guilty to charges of conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS. The plot involved three other men who are also facing charges of terrorism.
The New Jersey Governor closes the letter by urging the President to reconsider his plans to allow Syrians to resettle in the United States as this irresponsibly poses a safety threat to Americans.
A copy of the Governor’s letter to the President can be viewed here.

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