PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Syrian family has settled in New Jersey despite a vow by Gov. Chris Christie not to allow any more refugees in the state.
Local aid groups are providing necessities and protecting the identity of the family of seven. They fled the bloody civil war in Syria and now call Paterson home, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.
Meanwhile on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Christie reiterated his opposition to accepting refugees as he seeks the Republican nomination to run for president.
“I’m gonna put the widows and orphans and the citizens of this country first and the president of the United States can play to his crowd at the United Nations,” Christie said.
Christie wants assurances from the FBI that terrorists are not masquerading as refugees. He says the federal government hasn’t been sharing information about its vetting process.
“A few weeks ago the entire campaign changed, because the single most important responsibility of the president of the United States, in my opinion, is to protect the safety and the security of the American people,” Christie said.
Christie has ordered his staff to explore possibly withholding financial assistance from refugees.
The White House now says it will furnish tailored reports about people being resettled.