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High winds topple Jesus Christ statue atop New Jersey school

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A statue of Jesus Christ lays on its side on top of the St. John's School building following a high wind storm, Sept. 19, in Orange, N.J.

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Sergio Mendoza works on securing a strap around a statue of Jesus Christ on the roof of the St. John's School building after it toppled during a high wind storm, Sept. 19, in Orange, N.J.

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A statue of Jesus Christ is lowered off the roof of the St. John's School building by a crane after it toppled during a high wind storm on Sept. 19 in Orange, N.J.

A 25-year-old statue of Jesus Christ was toppled from it's base on the rooftop of St. John's School in Orange, N.J. during a storm that rolled through the region.

"You don’t see the Lord leaning at 90 degrees too much," said the city’s construction official, John Buonanno in an interview with the Newark Star-Ledger. "This statue is sitting there precariously."

The Newark Archdiocese spokesman James Goodness said the statue was a replacement for the school's original statue, which also was toppled in a storm.

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A statue of Jesus Christ lays on its side on near the St. John's School building after workers removed it from the roof after it toppled duirng a high wind storm.

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