- Our story on the Gov. Christie's visit and photos from the day.
- Scotch Plains dad Brian Wilson confronts Gov. Christie about signing the medical marijuana bill inspired by his 2-year-old daughter Vivian's struggle with Dravet syndrome.
What did you think of the governor's visit? Tell us in the comments. Here's what some residents had to say:
Marco Soorial, owner of the Highlander Restaurant: “It was exciting. We’re working hard. It was good for the town, the visit. I will be voting for him, absolutely. He’s done some good. We hear all good things about him. It was a good plan to visit Scotch Plains and support downtown Scotch Plains. “
Llewellyn Jones, Republican candidate for Scotch Plains council: “It was a pleasure to welcome Gov. Christie to Scotch Plains. During my own campaign for council I've heard from many people who are appreciative of the Governor's work on behalf of taxpayers. I, too, look forward to four more years of Gov. Christie's strong leadership standing up to the big spenders.”
Jen Cherubini, Scotch Plains: “I’m not actually a fan of Governor Christie’s, but I feel like we live literally a block away and to not come out…I mean, it’s a piece of history regardless of who the governor is, and so I brought my son out to see the governor. I don’t think I’m going to hear what I want to hear from him, though. I’m a teacher so, enough said!”
Don DeZarn and Sean O’Connor, members of the NJ Coalition for Medical Marijuana and Libertarian candidates for the state legislature: “This is the cause we’re fighting for now. Obviously, a little two-year-old, it really breaks your heart. We want to show the governor how much support there is out in the state for this bill. We need him to sign it today. This is one of our priorities, pushing this."
Theresa Mitchell, Scotch Plains: “I like that he speaks his mind. He speaks plainly, and what he wants to get done he gets done. I might not want to be on other side of the fence, because I know he’s definitely going to accomplish what he wants, like with the whole teachers thing. He accomplished what he wanted to, but I see the teachers’ point of view also.”
Her son, Danny Mitchell: “When I’m older, I hope that there’s a party that’s neutral – not Democrat, not Republican.”
Michael Michalisin, Scotch Plains: “I was driving by and saw traffic, so we decided to stay and see him. He’s the governor of the state and it’s not too often the Governor visits Scotch Plains.”
Joe Lorenzo, State Farm Insurance, Park Avenue, Scotch Plains: “It’s an exciting day for Scotch Plains that the governor’s coming to see us. It’s nice to have him in town.”
Justin McMahon, Scotch Plains: “I saw a bunch of people, so I asked someone what was going on and they said ‘Christie’s coming.’ I thought I’d stick around and get maybe a handshake. That would be cool. It’s not every day that happens.” (Editor’s note: Justin did get his handshake!)