New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie on Monday called for a strong response to the mass shooting at a New Jersey high school that left four people dead, saying the governor would call for a national “stand-down” to stop the spread of the disease.
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Christie said he would call a meeting of state and local officials, including the New Jersey Health Department, and asked them to take action immediately to address the spread.
He said he wants the governor to call a state-wide meeting on Thursday, July 10, to discuss how to address public health issues at schools, the New York Times reported.
“I’m going to call this meeting to find out exactly what kind of response we should take,” he said, according to the New Yorker.
“This is the only time I think I’ve ever had to go to a meeting with the governors of the other states.
We’ve never had that.”
He said the meeting would take place at the Governor’s Mansion in Trenton, New Jersey.
The governor, a Republican, said Monday that the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and at an elementary school in nearby Bergen County last month showed “the urgent need for strong, robust, coordinated, national response.”
He also said he believes the shooter at the Newtown elementary school acted alone.
“We’re not in a situation where we’re talking about an act of terror or an act by a lone nutter,” Christie said, adding that the shooter had previously threatened his own children.
“It is not the actions of one individual,” he added.
“It is the actions and the threats of many, many people.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.