PATERSON - Congressman Bill Pascrell asked the region's clergy to observe a "Week of Solidarity," in which all Americans could join together in the wake of the tragic shootings in Arizona.

The Democrat spoke today in Paterson of his colleague and friend, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, who was among those shot in Tuscon.

Pascrell spoke along side Democrats, Republicans and leaders of various faiths. All took part in the national moment of silence led by President Barack Obama earlier this morning.