OUTRAGE: N.J. 9/11 Memorial Inscripted With Names Of Politicians — Not The Fallen

Though Marker Has Since Been Removed And Will Be Fixed, Residents Furious

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Sept. 11 memorial in a New Jersey town has angered residents and first responders. Because of the outrage, politicians were forced to have it removed.

The 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan is set in the footprints of where the Twin Towers once stood. Etched in bronze are the names of the victims.

But on Warren County’s Washington Township 9/11 memorial only the names of the mayor, committee members and the township administrator are on the granite marker — not the victims of the terror attacks.

The outrage that’s followed has been unbelievable, reports CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

“When I saw was written on the stone I got really, really angry,” former police officer and bagpipe player Dennis Ryan said. “Three thousand people lost their lives and they’re going to get their names memorialized in granite? It’s unconscionable. I couldn’t believe it.”

Ryan played the bagpipes at the Township’s dedication ceremony. He was so upset he took a picture of the granite marker that stood next to the steel from the World Trade Center before it was removed because of the controversy.

“The stone actually sat on about a 45-degree angle to the rest of the monument,” Ryan said.

The Township referred Sloan to Mayor Samir Elbassiouny, whose picture, along with the others, is displayed in the township building. He declined to be interviewed, but issued a statement, saying “I apologize if anyone was offended. The intent was to honor the victims and in no way was this meant to be disrespectful.”

In fact, he said the marker was rushed and the names placed on it as a sign of support.

Some people aren’t buying that.

“What do the politicians have to do with it? It’s the people who perished, their families who are suffering,” resident John Zarra said.

The mayor wouldn’t tell Sloan where the stone was taken to but said the names will be taken off and a new inscription will be placed on the stone, one that says dedicated to the victims of 9/11, those who died at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93.

It’s unclear who ordered the stone marker. Some committee members said they didn’t know their names would be on it. The only thing the mayor told Sloan is that he didn’t realize the names would be so big and prominent.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • teremist

    Good grief! What arrogance! How INSENSITIVE! These pompous, misbegotten progeny of a horse and a donkey, should BE RECALLED, and forced out of office. Absolutely unconscionable and unforgivable! SHAME ON ALL OF THEM!

    • pattha

      please don’t insult the mule by equating these “people” with them.

  • rmsbl4

    Check the last sentence of the story. What an assinine statement. Maybe their names would have been ok if they were the almost 3000 victims. Bunch of glory hounds.

  • Ana Medeiros

    Those 6 idiots will have a chance to have their names imortalized on granite – on their own headstone! For goodness sake! Have some compassion for those who lost their lives and their families. Who in their right mind authorized this?

  • GM

    I can’t believe the mayor could be so deluded to think that his name belongs on a monument dedicated to 9/11. How pompous and self absorbed. What an embarrassment to Washington, really!

    • pattha

      these politicians are local New Jersey politicians; its got nothing to do with Washington.

  • DJ

    Doesn’t anyone think before they act anymore? They are so wrapped up in the “it’s all about me” that they are totally mindless. These guys are representing the people or themselves? Clowns in government. Just look who’s in charge of the country…He’s the head BOZO!

    • shots

      Being able to think is not a requirement of a POLITICIAN . Just being able to put your hand out for :donations: and to help your cronies.

  • Peter

    Did the cost of this granite marker get paid from a 9/11 Memorial fund?The Mayor should personally be made to pay for this act of arrogant stupidity.

  • Herbie Original Situation Raskin


  • Ed Koch

    unbelievable, these political pigs putting their names on this memorial! PUT THE VICTIMS NAMES ON IT YOU MORONS!

  • lisa whitmore

    Are these the people we want running our town.After all they could not be that stupid to think that their name should be on ANY !! plaque of 9/11 .For they are not the victims or the families that lost loved ones.Disgraceful.

  • Robert Richardson

    If it wasn’t so pathetic, it would be oh so F__king hysterical!

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