Trenton, New Jersey.- New Jersey’s Governor, the Honorable, Chris Christie welcomed His Eminence, Metropolitan EVANGELOS of New Jersey, to the Governor’s Mansion, Drumthwacket, on March 20th, 2012. Along with His Eminence, Governor Christie also welcomed representatives of Greek-American Community from across the State, including His Excellency, George Eliopoulos, Consul General of Greece in New York; Her Excellency, Koula Sophianou, Consul General of Cyprus in New York, in celebration of Greek Independence Day, March 25th, 1821.
His Eminence and the Governor had the opportunity to engage in dialogue concerning various topics of importance, to State Officials as well as, the Greek Orthodox Faithful of New Jersey. After their conversation, His Eminence and the Governor gained a new appreciation and respect for each other. The atmosphere during the meeting was warm and cordial.
During his reflection and remarks to those present, the Governor commented that, the quest for freedom and liberty, which the Greek people fought for almost 200 years ago and the ideals, which they sought to embrace, are the same principles and ideals that the residents of the Great State of New Jersey seek today. The Governor is truly committed to safeguarding these noble ideals and keeping the American dream of opportunity and liberty alive in the Garden State. To further these ends the Governor also engaged the representatives of the Greek-American Community in a question and answer session over matters of importance to the Greek-American Community.
In addition to the meeting, all participants of the celebration gathered in fellowship to share a Lenten breakfast in celebration of Greek Independence Day.