De Blasio Blasts Christie Over Syrian Refugees 

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is attacking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the fate of Syrian refugees.

Christie, a Republican, has said that refugees fleeing war-torn Syria should not be admitted to the United States because they can’t be properly vetted.

De Blasio, a Democrat, has said the refugees would be welcome in New York.

He has sharply criticized Christie’s stance and at a Wednesday news conference held up a well-known photo of a 3-year-old boy who drowned while fleeing Syria.

The mayor asked if “that is what the governor wants to see happen?”

A Christie spokesman responded that de Blasio “was more interested in making headlines than protecting the people.”

The refugees have become a major political flashpoint in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris.