PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Statements released from a few local political figures on the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Senator Bob Casey (D) of Pennsylvania:

“On September 11th, Pennsylvania was directly impacted by Al Qaeda when Flight 93 was downed over Shanksville. In the nearly ten years after September 11th, Pennsylvania has lost 68 troops in Afghanistan and hundreds have been injured. The sacrifice of those families who lost loved ones on September 11th and in the following years can never be made whole, but I hope that the death of bin Laden can help to bring some closure.

Congressman Pat Meehan (R) of Pennsylvania’s 7th District:

“I am delighted to learn of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Almost ten years after 9/11, justice for all Americans has finally been served. I commend Presidents Bush and Obama for their steadfast resolve in this critical pursuit. I also commend the men and women of our military, intelligence community, and law enforcement for their work in this effort. A major blow has been dealt to al Qaeda and today is a great day in the history of our country.”

Senator Robert Menendez (D) of New Jersey:

“Like all Americans, New Jerseyans, never forgot the heinous actions of those responsible, never forgot those whose lives were lost, never stopped asking questions of our government, and never ceased continuing the pressure on the importance of capturing Bin Laden and bringing justice to those responsible.”

Governor Chris Christie (R) of New Jersey:

“I want to commend President Obama’s Administration for its commitment and dedication to finally bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. As the former U.S. Attorney and now Governor of New Jersey, I speak for all the families of this state who have courageously endured the unspeakable and devastating consequences of terrorism. 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. While our fight against terrorism continues, Osama bin Laden’s reign of terror has come to an end, sending a clear signal that even in the face of immeasurable horror, democracy and freedom continue to prevail.”

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