Christie inaugural celebration will be on Ellis Island; some consider the island part of New York

The swearing-in will be held in Trenton, but the party will be on Ellis Island, property that is shared with the state of New York.

The swearing-in will be held in Trenton, but the party will be on Ellis Island, property that is shared with the state of New York. (12/10/13)

EDISON - Gov. Chris Christie has announced plans for his second inauguration in January, and the location he's chosen for the celebration is raising some eyebrows across the Garden State.

The swearing-in will be held in Trenton, but the party will be on Ellis Island, property that is shared with the state of New York.

Christie's first inaugural celebration was hosted by the Prudential Center in Newark. This time, the party is planned for the Great Hall on the historical island, which is technically located in New York.

Park rangers say most of Ellis Island, an area that amounts to 23.5 acres, belongs to New Jersey. But the area where the buildings are is part of New York's five acres.

Many New Jersey residents say it's no big deal where the governor kicks off his second term, but some do find it an odd choice.

"I kind of think it's weird," says Bobby Romero, of Edison. "I've lived in New York and New Jersey. And I consider it part of New York."

Gov. Christie's inaugural committee issued a statement saying Ellis Island represents hope, freedom and opportunity, and that "New Jerseyans are proud that our state is home to an important icon of American history and we are proud to be celebrating the governor's inauguration at such a storied monument."

Some are wondering if Gov. Christie picked a "national" symbol, to get national attention, for a presumed presidential run.

"It keeps them on a public, national stage, rather than just New Jersey," says Ellen Greenberg, of Metuchen.

The inauguration will take place on Jan. 21. Tickets to the party are $500 a piece and all the proceeds are going to charity.
 

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