U.S. senators, congressmen from New Jersey weigh in on Syria decision

Members of New Jersey's congressional delegation are weighing in on military action in Syria.

Members of New Jersey's congressional delegation are weighing in on military action in Syria. (9/5/13)

EDISON - Members of New Jersey's congressional delegation are weighing in on military action in Syria.

President Barack Obama has asked for Congress' approval to take military action in the civil war-torn country.

Lawmakers are debating launching missles against the Syrian government, which the Obama administration says used chemical weapons against its own people.

Most of the state delegation is undecided on the issue.

Of six Republicans, Rodney Frelinghuysen and Jon Runyan have yet to make a final call. Chris Smith and Frank LoBiondo have said they would not support the action.

Two of the more conservative members of the delegation, Scott Garrett and Leonard Lance, are also opposed.

Democrat Frank Pallone has yet to decide, but Albio Sires says he'd support a strike as long as there were no American troops on the ground and the entire operation was limited to 90 days.

Lance says he'd be willing to reconsider if new information proved American security was at stake, while Pallone said he's still reviewing information before making up his mind.

Democrats Bill Pascrell, Donald Payne Jr, Rob Andrews and Rush Holt also say they are still considering all the details.

Pascrell's office says he has a large Syrian population in his North Jersey district, and is consulting with them too.

Rush Holt, a strong progressive, says he's worried about involving America in a long, costly war.

Sen. Bob Menendez voted yes as his Foreign Relations Committee passed the resolution onto the full Senate this week.

A spokesman for Republican Sen. Jeff Chiesa said he's still weighing the issue.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie said the decision should be left to the Congress, but he did call the use of chemical weapons "intolerable in civilized society."
 

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