Political Commentator and Wall Street Journalist editor, Paul Gigot, was on the Fox News panel tonight. He doesn’t claim any inside information, but says he thinks Chris Christie is “thinking about running, [for U.S. president] very carefully.”
I do think he’s considering it. I think he’s thinking hard about it. I think there are enough people who have gone to him now and said, look, this field is weak and none of them may be able to beat the President. We think you can do it. Now is your moment. I think he would like to be able to win reelection in New Jersey, do more to fix the problems in New Jersey before he contemplates a run. He may not have that luxury, so I think he’s thinking about it now, very carefully. And if he does get in, he will have an awful lot of money, he’ll have an awful lot of support from Republicans across the country to whom he has become something of an Internet rock star. If he gets in, it will be very interesting to see where it goes. If he get in he immediately vaults to the top of the field. Whether that’s sustainable or not, I don’t know, but I think he will be formidable.
Governor Christie nominated a second Muslim to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Sohail Mohammed was sworn in to the bench in July 2011. He says his “faith” “means nothing here.” His Koran would differ with him, all the while celebrating yet another Muslim with the power to bring Islamic law to America. According to Christie, those objecting to Sohail Mohammed are “ignorant,” and concern about “Sharia Law” is “crap.” He added that he was “tired” of “dealing with the crazies.”
Passaic County has the second largest Muslim population in the country. And the Islamic Center of Passaic County is the state’s largest mosque, and it’s the only one run by an an Imam who was a member of the Hamas terrorist organization. But when the United States government attempted to deport Mohammed Qatanani, New Jersey’s pols and wannabe pols like Christie, quickly came to his aid. Despite the fact that Mohammed Qatanani was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization that is behind both Al Qaeda and Hamas, despite his own guilty plea to being a member of Hamas, and despite the fact that even in the United States, he had defended a charity that provided funds to children of suicide bombers (this is done as an incentive to reassure terrorists that if they die their families will be taken care of), Qatanani was not deported.
This is less a sign of his innocence, than of the power and influence wielded by Qatanani and the American Muslim Union. There was hardly a top New Jersey public official who did not come out for Qatanani. And that included both of the major candidates in the governor’s race, Governor Jon Corzine and Chris Christie. Christie called Qatanani, “a man of great goodwill” and “a constructive force” and allowed Charles McKenna, one of his associate attorneys to testify on behalf of Qatanani. Afterward Christie tapped McKenna to head New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security. McKenna had spent a good deal of time on Muslim “outreach” and made numerous statements echoing their talking points.
The pioneering terrorism researcher, Steve Emerson called it, “a disgrace and an act of pure political corruption”. He stated, “I know for certain that Christie and the FBI SAC had access to information about Qatanani’s background, involvement with and support of Hamas.” Defending Qatanani required Christie to pit himself against the Department of Homeland Security, which wanted him deported. But the Department of Homeland Security wasn’t running for office in New Jersey. Christie was.
The first Imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, Mohammad El-Mezain, was convicted of funneling money to Hamas. El-Mezain had actually boasted of raising almost 2 million dollars for Hamas. And his replacement, Qatanani, actually was a member of Hamas. An ordinary politician might have been forgiven for not knowing this, but Christie was the US Attorney for New Jersey. It’s absolutely impossible that he would not have known the background of the Islamic Center of Passaic County. Yet Christie attended a Ramadan dinner, in the same place where terrorists had fundraised, and kissed Qatanani on the cheek.
Now Christie has nominated Sohail Mohammed, Qatanan’s former lawyer, to a Superior Court judgeship. Sohail Mohammed is a board member of the American Muslim Union, an organization that has interlocking leadership with groups that have fundraised for Hamas and hosted a Hamas speaker. The American Muslim Union is closely interlinked with Qatanani’s Islamic Center of Passaic County.
As a U.S. Attorney in 2008, Christie said in the video below, being in this country illegally is not a crime, and as a U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted only thirteen cases of illegal immigration from 2002 to 2007. Lou Dobbs characterizes Christie’s position as “arrogance, incompetence and cuteness in federal government.” Listen to the discussion in the video predicting that, at the time Christie made the statement, he was preparing himself for a political future – maybe Governor of New Jersey.
You’ll hear Christie say Dobbs is an “entertainer,” and the problem is not New Jersey’s, it’s a Federal problem. A look around the Internet shows that Christie has said a lot of things about illegals since the 2008 statement, but I see nothing showing that he has changed his mind and stated the fact that being in the U.S. illegally is, indeed, a crime. Remember, he was a U.S. Attorney at the time he made the statement. If that isn’t abuse of federal power, I don’t know what is.
I admire what Christie has done to restore New Jersey to fiscal sanity, and how he dealt seriously with Unions, but once in the White House, when he has a national podium to gain votes, will he be as strong, even on that issue?
Chris Christie: Being Illegal in U.S. is Not a Crime (video)