De Blasio Rips Christie for Rejecting Rescues of Refugees

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  • Comments came after weeks of feuding between the officials
  • The mayor waved a photo of a dead Syrian child as he spoke

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio waved a photo of a drowned Syrian child as he directed “anger and disgust” at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate who opposes admitting to the U.S. refugees fleeing marauding Islamic State militias.

“I’d like to know what Governor Christie says about this,” de Blasio said Wednesday at a Midtown news briefing. “This is the cost of not bringing in people who are innocent victims of humanitarian crisis. This image gripped the world.”

De Blasio’s attack was the latest salvo in a feud between the neighboring elected officials that became more rancorous weeks ago when the New Jersey Republican said the mayor’s policies are worsening crime. On Nov. 16, Christie said in a radio interview that he wouldn’t admit refugee orphans under the age of 5, setting off a fresh round of attack and counterattack.

“We are sitting here in this city that has the Statue of Liberty and has been the epitome of welcoming immigrants over generations,” de Blasio said. “I find it absolutely hypocritical for anyone to say, ‘let us shut our borders to people who are victims of violence, the innocent people.”

Samantha Smith, a spokeswoman for Christie’s campaign, didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment on the mayor’s comments Wednesday.

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