(JERUSALEM, SEPTEMBER 11) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Bret Schundler issued the following statement from Jerusalem, Israel where he is on a United Jewish Federation-Metrowest trip with Jewish leaders from New Jersey:
"I ask everyone to join me in my prayers for the people of the New York metropolitan area and all Americans who were personally affected by today’s tragic series of events. While we come from different races, religions, backgrounds and ethnicities, today, first and foremost, we are Americans.
"Today's terrorist attacks on America are vicious and massive assaults on our freedom and our ideals of democracy. I stand in strong support of President Bush, his cabinet and the Congress in their efforts to take whatever steps are necessary to bring those responsible for today's massive horror to justice. I urge my fellow New Jerseyans and all Americans to do the same.
"My heartfelt condolences especially go out to the families of New York City's emergency response personnel who died as a result of today’s attacks. Rather than running to safety from the scene of tragedy, New York City's police officers, firefighters and medical emergency personnel showed the world their courage. Indeed, they made the ultimate sacrifice when they ran directly into a deadly firestorm to save people's lives. They are the everyday heroes and heroines we all too often take for granted. Today, we owe them an appreciation which we will never be able to repay. But we will try.
"I know that every municipal fire and police department and National Guard unit in New Jersey will be called upon to provide assistance to New York City. I urge their full cooperation and I pray for their safety in the moments, hours and days ahead.
"As Americans, we must all now ask ourselves what we can do to help relieve the suffering of the victims of today’s tragedy. Although this morning's horrifying events may make us feel helpless, we can do things to help those in need. We can donate blood to our local hospitals and blood banks. We can offer shelter to our friends who are temporarily displaced. We can bring food to the emergency workers and victims on site. And above all else, we can reach out and spend some quality time with those we love."