The Record – Governor Christie will observe the Jewish New Year at Temple Emanu-El in Closter tonight, one day after his campaign announced the bipartisan Jewish Leaders for Christie coalition.
Christie, a Republican seeking a second term, will help usher in the Jewish year 5774 during the Rosh Hashana service.
The visit will be his second trip to Bergen County this week, after visiting Teaneck to accept the endorsements of Democratic Councilmen Yitz Stern, Elie Katz and Mark Schwartz, who also joined the coalition.
Stern and Katz accompanied the governor as he met with local business owners along West Englewood Avenue before holding a news conference outside Gotham Burger Co., a kosher restaurant on Queen Anne Road.
Christie faces Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono of Middlesex County in November and has said he wants to garner more than 50 percent of the vote, becoming the first Republican to do so statewide in 25 years. He has picked up support from Hispanic groups and building trades unions and has the endorsement of 48 elected Democrats.
A small group of protesters quietly held signs during the even. The signs said, "Christie out of touch on women's issues," "Where's the $$$ 4 Education," "Give the people a break!!! Raise min wage!" and "Governor where do you really stand on gun control" — all issues Buono has raised as she travels the state trying to gain support.
Teaneck, a Democratic stronghold, supported President Obama last year and Gov. Jon S. Corzine over Christie in 2009. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who ran as Corzine's lieutenant governor candidate, calls the township her home.
But Katz and Stern said Christie supports school vouchers, something they say could help parents offset the cost of sending their children to religious schools, and was successful at putting a cap on local property tax increases.
"While we may not always agree on all the issues, I believe the governor is an extraordinary leader in our state and is with us on issues important to the Jewish community, not the least of those issues is tuition affordability for those of us who choose to send our children to the non-public schools," Stern said.