Local Officials React to Death of Osama Bin Laden

Gov. Christie, Mayor Bloomberg express their thoughts

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    Massive crowds take to the streets to celebrate after the death of Osama Bin Laden. (Published Monday, May 2, 2011)

    As details emerged about the death of Osama bin Laden, local officials around the tri-state released statements and spoke about the killing of the most wanted terrorist in the world.

    "I feel a great sense of satisfaction that justice has been accomplished," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in a "Today" show interview, "but I don't feel elation because I don't feel this is over. This war is still going on."

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    Hordes of New Yorkers gather in the streets to reminisce and talk about the process of healing in the aftermath of news of Osama bin Laden's death. (Published Monday, May 2, 2011)

    His successor, Mayor Bloomberg, said at a ground zero news conference Monday that "the forces of freedom and justice have once again prevailed over those who use terror to pursue tyranny."

    Bloomberg added that the construction at the 16-acre site "is a rebuke to all of those who seek to destroy our freedoms and liberties. Nothing will ever return our loved ones -- but we are rebuilding from the ashes and the tears a monument to the American spirit."

    Sen. Charles Schumer also reflected on the nearly decade-long search for Osama.

    "This is a thunderous strike for justice for the thousands of my fellow New Yorkers -- and citizens from all over the world -- who were murdered on 9/11," he said. "It took close to 10 years, but the world's most wanted terrorist has finally met his deserved fate. New York's heart is still broken from the tragedy of 9/11, but this at least brings some measure of closure and consolation to the victims and their families."

    New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also expressed gratitude for the closure brought by bin Laden's death.

    "The death of Osama bin Laden is a welcome milestone for the friends and families of those killed on 9/11, and for all who remain tenaciously engaged in protecting New York from another attack," Kelly said.

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted Monday that "this is a tremendous victory in the fight against al-Qaeda, but we must remain vigilant in regards to our security & emerging global threats."

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he wants to "commend President Obama's administration for its commitment and dedication to finally bringing Osama bin Laden to justice."

    "There is hardly a life that has gone untouched in New Jersey by the horrifying assault on American soil that took place on September 11th and today, after years of waiting, justice has finally been delivered," he said.

    Rep. Peter King (R-LI), who was interviewed Sunday night, said that when he found out what President Obama was going to announce Osama's killing, it was "one of the most outstanding moments I ever had."

    "To realize that this evil person has actually been killed, and the United States did it, is a tremendous credit to President Obama, to the American military, to the American intelligence community, and it's a tremendous victory for us in the war against al-Qaida," he said.

    But King was quick to point to the enduring war on terror.

    "It's a victory that we have to enjoy and savor, but not for long, because the war is on."