Cuomo, Christie Request US Help for 9/11 Memorial

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Saturday saying that Park Service involvement at the site would ensure its long term stability

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    President Barack Obama New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, talk as they look over the 9/11 Memorial Thursday, June 14.

    The governors of New York and New Jersey are asking the National Park Service to take a role in funding and managing the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Saturday saying that Park Service involvement at the site would ensure its long term stability.

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    Right now the memorial is run by a private foundation, led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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    Any Park Service role would have to be approved by Congress.

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