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N.J. Governor: ‘This Shariah law business is crap’

Chris Christie

Chris Christie

N.J. Governor: ‘This Shariah law business is crap’

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday slammed the anti-Muslim “crazies” who have raised objections to his nomination of a Muslim lawyer to become a state Superior Court judge.

“Ignorance is behind the criticism of Sohail Mohammad,” Christie said in response to a reporter’s question at a Thursday press conference. “Sohail Mohammad is an extraordinary American who is an outstanding lawyer and played an integral role in the post-September 11th period in building bridges between the Muslim American community in this state and law enforcement.”

Critics have used the very track record Christie cited to depict Mohammad, an Indian-American, as a radical unfit for the bench. Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism in January derided Mohammad as a “longtime mouthpiece for radical Islamists”. Emerson traced Mohammad’s career back to his work as an immigration lawyer on behalf of Arab men who were detained after 9/11.

Christie pointed out that many people were wrongly arrested during that time, and that none of Mohammad’s post-9/11 clients were charged with crimes of terrorism. Christie added that Mohammad set up “dozens of meetings” between government and law enforcement officials and members of the Muslim-American community to build lines of trust.

A reporter asked Christie a question about Shariah law, which only fired up the governor’s frustration. “Shariah law has nothing to do with this at all. It’s crazy. It’s crazy. The guy is an American citizen … and has never been accused of doing anything but honorably and zealously acquitting the oath he took when he became a lawyer…. This Shariah law business is crap. It’s just crazy. And I’m tired of dealing with the crazies. It’s just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of things just because of his religious background…. I’m happy that he’s willing to serve after all this baloney.”

Hatewatch, 4 August 2011

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5 Comments »

  1. Way to go Chris Christie. I am sick of all the baloney too.
    We have become so fearful and stupid and so ready to goose step. Seriously folks, we are headed to a fourth Reich.

  2. I don’t agree with Gov. Christie about very much but it is refreshing to see a Republican leader who looks at the facts and says what he finds out to be the truth.

  3. A very informationrmative article and lots of really honest and forthright comments made! This certainly got me thinking a lot about this issue so cheers a lot for leaving!

  4. I am proud to see one of our Republican leaders stand up for truth and common sense.
    This nation is loosing its collective mind in the wake of political and financial greed where anything can become truth, so long as it keeps me in power, and facilitates control of the masses.

  5. Anyone who is not white and christian, and who can think outside a clustered box, is having and always has and maybe will (at least for decades to come), to trust the republican/conservative party or as i call them the party of anti-vision….But i like this guy common sense.

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