Jersey City, NJ, native Carmine Pecorelli, who now lives in Belmont, ME, greets Gov. Christie during the start of the event. Pecorelli severed in the Navy during WWII on a mine sweeper in the Atlantic from 1943-1946 and then severed for 25 years in the reserves. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attends Wreaths Across America Freedom Wreath Placement inside the Registry Room at Ellis Island. Wreaths Across America’s mission is to Remember those who paid the ultimate price, Honor them and their families, in part, through the placement of wreaths on their graves each December, and Teach the next generation that the freedom we enjoy comes with both a price and responsibility.