Chris Christie said Monday that he will lock the door of his office in his new state-of-the-art, $4 billion luxury residence after a string of murders in his home state of New Jersey.
The governor told reporters on a conference call that the doors would be locked at 7 p.m.
ET Monday after an investigation into the slayings of a father and son and an alleged hit man, police said.
Christie, a Republican who is seeking a third term, said the family had been killed by “bad people,” not criminals.
“I’m going to lock the front door,” Christie said, referring to the governor’s home.
“We’re going to do it the right way.
I’m going do it to show the American people that I care.
I have a very strong faith that we’re going in the right direction.”
He added that he would work to bring the victims’ families and victims’ friends together to “find out what happened to them and to make sure that we don’t repeat the mistake.”
Authorities said Monday the killings occurred in a quiet residential neighborhood of Jersey City, where a home security system was installed in 2014.
Christie’s office has declined to release details about the security system, citing privacy laws.
The state Senate approved the plan, but it needs the governor to sign off.
Democrats, who control both houses of the state Legislature, have been critical of Christie, accusing him of failing to do enough to prevent the killings.
Christie’s office declined to answer questions about the killings, saying it would be inappropriate to discuss private matters.
On Friday, the New Jersey Senate approved a bill that would require any person convicted of a violent crime to have a pre-trial intervention program.
The measure passed after a two-hour debate, with only Democrats voting against it.
A law that allows convicted felons to remain free on their own recognizance expired in July.