NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican candidate for New York City mayor says he "can't go back" to the World Trade Center site and hasn't attended any ceremonies there.
Joe Lhota (LOH'-tuh) said on Fox-TV's "Good Day New York" Thursday that he was "almost killed" two or three times on Sept. 11, 2001.
Lhota was a deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani when the trade center was destroyed and was there when the buildings fell.
He said he frequently thinks about the people who were murdered "but life goes on."
The city's next mayor will be expected to attend ceremonies the site, such as the 2014 opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Lhota's campaign didn't immediately respond to an email asking whether he will attend the ceremonies if he is elected mayor.