On Tuesday, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that all New Jersey Jewish residents can agree to laud. New Jersey bill S1923 will prohibit any of the state’s pension and annuity funds from being invested in companies that would boycott Israel or Israeli businesses or have any part of the destructive Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) “movement.”
For that, Christie deserves our unmitigated applause and thanks. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or have any questions about the governor’s past issues, he has always put action behind his words when it comes to the support of Israel.
The bill that he signed into law was passed by the General Assembly, 69-3, last June, with two abstentions. It had received unanimous Senate approval in May.
Speaking at the signing event with many local Jewish community leaders present, including our own co-publisher and Teaneck councilman Mark Schwartz, Governor Christie said, “Standing with Israel, for peace and democracy, requires more than just pledging military defense and support. It is in all of our best interests to invest in and partner with Israel, while opposing any attempt to wipe out Israel, economically or otherwise.”
Gov. Christie also joined 15 other governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C., in signing the American Jewish Committee’s “Governors Against BDS” pledge.
We thank and salute the governor for his actions and his support. We call on all state governors to take similar action.