Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – “As we join together with family and friends to celebrate this joyous time of year, I want to wish all Floridians a Merry Christmas.
“The holiday season is a time to give thanks for the birth of our Lord and the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. I am grateful for the brave military men and women who are away from their loved ones protecting our right to live freely, practice the religion we choose and celebrate this holiday with our families.
“While we are giving thanks, it is also important that we remember those struggling during these challenging economic times and lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need.
“I am hopeful that all Floridians will look optimistically toward the year to come when the state will have new leadership and a fresh start. When I take office on January 4, I will not rest until we have made Florida the greatest state in the nation to live, work and play.
“My family and Lt. Governor-elect Jennifer Carroll join me in wishing all Floridians a happy and safe Christmas and a happy New Year.”