WASHINGTON – Today, Thursday, December 12, 2019, U.S. Congressman spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in response to the deadly anti-Semitic act of domestic terror that took place at a Kosher market in Jersey City, New Jersey, this week.
Watch Gottheimer’s remarks on the House floor HERE.
A transcript of Gottheimer’s remarks is below:
I rise today because violent anti-Semitism continues to threaten our country, including in my home state of New Jersey.
Investigations are still underway, but I was devastated to learn that the victims in a kosher market in Jersey City, New Jersey, were likely targeted because they were Jewish.
All Americans should be outraged when fellow citizens are targeted simply because of their religion. The Anti-Defamation League has reported that anti-Semitism remains at near-historic levels – with New Jersey ranked third in the nation last year.
We must stand together now — to denounce hate targeted at anyone and prevent more violence.
New Jersey stands together to honor the police officers harmed in the attack, who were doing what they do every single day — getting our backs — especially Detective Joseph Seals, a wonderful father of five beautiful children and a 15-year police veteran, who gave his own life protecting his community.
We mourn with his loved ones, and our prayers are with the officers and community members still recovering.
Together, as one New Jersey, and as Americans, I know we can combat this hate, which has no place in our community, in the State of New Jersey, or in our country.
Thank you, and may God continue to bless the people of Jersey City, the State of New Jersey, and the United States of America.