A prominent New Jersey pastor sitting in the front row as Gov. Chris Christie delivered his State of the State speech Tuesday collapsed about 10 minutes into the address and was carried out of the room for medical attention.
Pastor Joe Carter of the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark suddenly fainted as he watched Christie speak in the state Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton.
The governor’s wife, Mary Pat Christie, who was seated next to Carter, called out for medical help. Numerous people rushed over, and Carter was lifted into a back room.
Christie then asked for “a moment of silence and prayer” before returning to his speech.
It is unclear what happened or what Carter’s condition is.
Carter, 46, has worked with Christie over the years on fighting drug addiction — a key focus of the Republican governor’s seventh State of the State address.
Carter has been pastor of the well-known church in New Jersey’s largest city since 2000.
Source: NJ.com/Brent Johnson