New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was on a short list of possible Vice-Presidential running mates for Mitt Romney’s 2012 run. Romney didn’t pick Christie back then due to concerns, not about principle, but concerns that the controversies around the Governor might “distract. In the 2012 campaign, the Romney vetting team found Christie’s list of alleged indiscretions to be alarming and when it came time for Christie to resolve/explain the lurking controversies, he refused. Bear it mind as 2016 nears and Christie’s large shadow, not cast due to his girth, will have found a way to be cleansed, if not scrubbed, as we are told told how ignorant we are to care, because you just can’t bury this stuff. Today, Romney says “they don’t come better than Chris Christie.” Depressing. I don’t know if I can handle another farcical GOP election. Don’t miss the Bernie Madoff connection below.
The vetters were stunned by the garish controversies lurking in the shadows of his [Christie’s] record. There was a 2010 Department of Justice inspector general’s investigation of Christie’s spending patterns in his job prior to the governorship, which criticized him for being “the U.S. attorney who most often exceeded the government [travel expense] rate without adequate justification” and for offering “insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification” for stays at swank hotels like the Four Seasons.
There was the fact that Christie worked as a lobbyist on behalf of the Securities Industry Association at a time when Bernie Madoff was a senior SIA official—and sought an exemption from New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act.
There was Christie’s decision to steer hefty government contracts to donors and political allies like former Attorney General John Ashcroft, which sparked a congressional hearing.
There was a defamation lawsuit brought against Christie arising out of his successful 1994 run to oust an incumbent in a local Garden State race.
Then there was Todd Christie, the Governor’s brother, who in 2008 agreed to a settlement of civil charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission in which he acknowledged making “hundreds of trades in which customers had been systematically overcharged.” (Todd also oversaw a family foundation whose activities and purpose raised eyebrows among the vetters.)
And all that was on top of a litany of glaring matters that sparked concern on Myers’ team: Christie’s other lobbying clients, his investments overseas, the YouTube clips that helped make him a star but might call into doubt his presidential temperament, and the status of his health. Source: Swampland – An Excerpt from Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (read more here)
That was then, this is now.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Romney also took a not-so-subtle jab at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), a Tea Party favorite, by refusing to put him on a short-list of people he thinks are legitimate 2016 Republican contenders.
“Chris, by the way, could easily become our nominee and save our party and help get this nation on the right track again,” Romney told host David Gregory. “They don’t come better than Chris Christie.” Source: Business Insider
Chris Christie is a fighter and a man who can get the last word, and get the jurist he wants too, even if that nominee for the New Jersey Superior Court was a board member of the American Muslim Union (AMU). Mohammed’s connections are long and detailed but New Jersey blogger Chris Wyblog summed it up nicely:
Sohail Mohammed is unqualified because he is a board member of the American Muslim Union — a group known to be sympathetic to terrorists. The AMU shares leadership with the Islamic Center of Passaic County where Mr. Mohammed worships. The founder of his mosque is an admitted Hamas operative. The current Imam, Mohammed Qatanani, is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Imam Qatanani also lied on his application for permanent residency, neglecting to mention that he was convicted on terrorism-related charges in Israel.
Who helped prepare Imam Qatanani’s Green Card application? Sohail Mohammed.
Who defended Imam Qatanani at his deportation hearings? Sohail Mohammed.
How’s that representer of innocent people thing working out for you now Governor?
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Sohail Mohammed publicly stood up for Sami Al-Arian following a 2003 indictment which alleged he was a North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Appearing on MSNBC, Mohammed criticized the fact that it took years of investigation before the indictment was issued. “It all points out to the distrust that the Muslim community have, which is this is nothing but a witch-hunt,” he said. “This is nothing but a politically motivated indictment, and all you are waiting for is the right opportunity to indict the person, the climate is right.”
Ayup, sounds like a guy who’s completely impartial, right?
Sami al-Arian pled guilty to one count of conspiring to provide goods and services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The evidence made it clear that al-Arian was up to his eyeballs in terrorist activity.
Mr. Mohammed also sings the praises of the Holy Land Foundation, an organization which was shut down by the U.S. government for it’s documented ties to Hamas.
Mohammed told the Record of Bergen County, N.J., that the government was unjustly singling out Muslim organizations. “People see this as another example of how heavy-handed the administration has been thus far,” he said. Read more at Wyblog
Sohail Mohammed was confirmed and is sitting on the New Jersey Superior Court. Mitt Romney got a gig on Meet the Press.
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