Governor Christie told the mother of a Rutgers University student Tuesday that he will call the state's attorney general and decide whether more needs to be done regarding recent incidents of crime in New Brunswick.
Christie, appearing at a town hall in South River, was responding to a question from Jacqui Klein of Middletown, whose daughter is a Rutgers student. Klein had expressed concern about what she believes is a lack of communication regarding these incidents.
"I will call the attorney general [John Hoffman] and speak to him about the situation in New Brunswick and about this crime, and get his advice and his help with what’s going on in New Brunswick and on the Rutgers campus," he told the gathering of about 400 people.
"If he believes that there needs to be an expansion of the authority of the Rutgers police, then that's something I will support," Christie added.
Klein's family was shaken by the recent murder of a former Rutgers student, a 22-year-old Kean University student who was found in the backyard of a city residence after he apparently had been fatally beaten.
William R. McCaw, 22, a native of Hillsborough whose family later moved to Gallatin, Tenn., was found outside the home on Hartwell Street after an unidentified neighbor called police on Feb. 15 at 10:26 a.m., according to Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department.
"As a father who's getting ready to send his
oldest daughter to college next year, this is something on the front of my mind
right now," Christie said, referring to the prospect of his daughter being on her own.
New Brunswick police have also asked for help in seeking a suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted a 24-year-old Rutgers student in January.