WCBS 880 9/11 Series: ‘Jersey Girl’ Kristen Breitweiser Rebounds From Personal Tragedy

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Kristen Breitweiser was one of the four stay-at-home mothers, whose husbands were killed in the World Trade Center, who became known as the “Jersey Girls.”

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“When my husband was killed, I realized that there were a lot of things that I remained very naive about and that should have opened my mouth more and gotten more involved,” she said.

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Her activism, along with that of Patty Casazza, Lorie Van Auken, and Mindy Kleinberg, lead to the formal inquiry into the attacks and she also became some of the 9/11 Commission’s biggest critics.

“We haven’t done as much as we could do to make the nation safer ten years later,” she said.

Bretweiser says she plans to spend the 10th anniversary taking a quiet walk on the beach or in the woods with her dogs and 12-year-old daughter.

“Every time I hear her laugh I’ll often tell her, ‘You know, you sound like your dad,'” she said.

Breitweiser didn’t remarry, but no longer wants to be defined as a 9/11 widow.

“Although I wish more than anything that he was here to see her and see how magnificent she’s turned out, I can’t, you know, I can’t have the terrorists get to additional lives from 9/11 – my daughter’s and mine. We have to go on living our lives. Life moves forward,” she said. “I’m very happy to say that my daughter did not lose her sparkle or her smile or her infectious little giggle and laugh.”

Though not in the spotlight anymore, Breitweiser continues to blog on issues of national importance.

How do you feel about the work of the 9/11 Commission? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • michaelfury

    February 25, 2010

    We must applaud Mr. Richard Gage and his colleagues, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, for their tenacity in seeking to answer lingering questions concerning the total destruction of the World Trade Center complex, in particular buildings 1, 2 and 7.

    As with any scientific report, conclusions must be able to be replicated and verified by subsequent public peer reviews. Mr. Gage and his colleagues have attempted to do just that with NIST’s Final Report of the Collapse of the WTC. There seem to be discrepancies and omissions in NIST’s conclusions, which Mr. Gage and his colleagues have brought to light.

    With their combined professional training and work experience, this group of professionals is uniquely qualified to address the myriad oddities resulting in the collapse of the WTC high-rise buildings – including WTC 7, which was not hit by an airplane. This chosen course of action by the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, has often come at a high cost to them personally and professionally making this endeavor all the more admirable.

    As family members of 9/11 victims, we have been seeking truth and transparency since 200l. Almost nine years later, in spite of the NIST Investigation and the 9/11 Independent Commission, a vast majority of our questions remain unanswered.

    It was always our hope that both of these government investigations would uncover the cause of the WTC destruction and any loopholes or lapses in security protocols that could be remedied to protect us in the future. In this case, it was of utmost importance to determine what actually caused the collapses to ensure the future safety of high-rise buildings. Since the government failed to do that, we applaud Mr. Richard Gage and the many other professionals who are spending their own time attempting to seek the truth.


    Patty Casazza
    Lorie Van Auken
    Mindy Kleinberg
    Monica Gabrielle


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