The news of Osama bin Laden's death spread rapidly across New Jersey on Sunday evening, despite the late hour.
Reaction was swift and almost universal: Exultation that one of the United States' most elusive foes was dead, and dead as a result of U.S. action.
In an extraordinary address, President Obama interrupted almost every U.S. TV channel to announce the news.
While he did not provide details, he said that the U.S. has been tracking bin Laden for months and finally located him in a residence in Pakistan. After a firefight, the president said, bin Laden was killed, with no loss of U.S. lives.
Obama called bin Laden a "terrorist responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children."
"There is hardly a life that has gone untouched in New Jersey by the horrifying assault on American soil that took place on September 11th and today, after years of waiting, justice has finally been delivered," Governor Chris Christie said in a statement.