The family of a young man who was fatally stabbed in the DC metro on the Fourth of July criticized Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) for using the death of their 24-year-old son to attack liberal policies in a speech Thursday.
"The fact that Gov. Chris Christie would invoke my son’s name in a politically motivated speech just three days after our family laid him to rest shows that he cares little about the grief my family is feeling," the family of Kevin Sutherland said in a statement, according to CTPost.com.
A spokesman for Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) of Connecticut, where Sutherland grew up, said Malloy was "disappointed" that Christie "would choose to politicize" Sutherland's death. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), for whom Sutherland interned, also slammed the New Jersey governor for the reference.
"To use Kevin’s death to score political points is vile," Hines said in a statement. "Kevin was empathetic, kind, and wanted to create a better America and world by lifting up those around him. The fearmongering and thinly veiled racism evident in Christie’s speech reveal that he knew nothing about Kevin and his family or what they believed in, and he should be ashamed. Although, at this point, I find myself doubting if shame is something he’s capable of."
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