Letter to Governor Christie

Mary and Joseph
Bethlehem, NJ
(908) 940 -1263

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Governor Chris Christie
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 001
20 W. State Street
Trenton, NJ  08625
Dear Governor Christie:
We left Nazareth four days ago.  We have walked through the rain and snow and across the Delaware River.  I am nine months pregnant, and the baby could come any day.  We are looking for a place to stay.
Joseph is a humble carpenter.  In good times, he made about $20 an hour.  But lately there hasn't been much work on account of the economy.  And I have not had the easiest pregnancy.  It's been a tough year.  We planned to find shelter in Bethlehem, NJ, but we heard that there was no room for use.  We have continued to walk through other towns, and we keep hearing the same message:  "There is no room at the inn."
There are many, many families like ours in New Jersey, in search of a decent place to live and a safe, welcoming place for their children.  Today, along with our brothers and sisters, we are asking our elected representatives if there is a room for hundreds of thousands of struggling families like ours, in New Jersey.  As the highest-ranking elected official in the State of New Jersey, we ask you, as a strong person of faith, to provide the same adequate shelter to each family in New Jersey as you would to us.
Mary and Joseph of Nazareth