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Precisely to Whom is Gov. Chris Christie Pandering?

Critics of Christie's RJC talk failed to note another point he made in his remarks. And frankly the one they missed is a more serious issue for America’s national security interests."
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
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Pundits have written about Governor Chris Christie’s recent faux pas at the Republican Jewish Coalition conclave in Las Vegas. The Governor mistakenly called the territories that Israel was forced to conquer in its defensive wars of 1967 and 1973, “occupied.” The fact is that the Palestinians have consistently refused to negotiate in good faith,  refusing to even verbally acknowledge of the existence of a Jewish state.

The reason that the term “occupied territories” is offensive to some is that those facts seem to be glaringly omitted by that particular phraseology.

Certainly, Governor Christie should have been better briefed. It appears that Christie later apologized for the use of the term to Sheldon Adelson, the Jewish philanthropist, major humanitarian, and political benefactor, at whose Las Vegas hotel the event was held.

After the apology, the enlightened oracles of the media began alluding to the fact that the only reason that the governor apologized for the wording was to pander to Mr. Adelson because of his wealth and generosity to political campaigns.

The most odious comment came from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who compared Adelson to Iran’s dictator Ayatollah Khamenei saying they had, “…one thing in common — they are both trying to destroy Israel. Adelson is doing it by loving Israel to death. Khomeini is doing it by hating it to death.”

Not agreeing with a policy for making peace with those who daily demonstrate that they are clearly not ready for peace, by inciting children to blow themselves up in pizza restaurants by teaching them that one day all of Israel will someday be theirs, does not equate with “trying to destroy Israel.”

If Mr. Friedman had spent time speaking to the parents of some of the Israeli children who have been killed by the terrorists lionized by Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, he would understand a bit more of just what the Jewish state is really up against, and how out of touch he is with the reality on the ground.

What the talking heads failed to report is a much more significant remark made in that same speech. This remark indicated whom the governor really panders to, and frankly is a more serious issue for America’s national security interests.

When asked about those who raised questions in their writings about Governor Christie’s support on issues related to Sharia law, he replied by focusing solely on Sohail Mohammed, an immigration attorney. He described Mohammed’s touching history as an immigrant and naturalized citizen before adding:

“Sohail Mohammed knows as much about jihad as I do, being an Irish-American kid from Newark, New Jersey,” Christie said of the Indian-American judge who immigrated to America as a child. “It is ridiculous and insulting, that because I nominated Sohail Mohammed — that people somehow think that means I’m for Sharia Law. It’s crap,” he said to applause. “And I will not ever apologize for making him a judge — in fact, I’m proud of it.”

Almost every American can relate to that beautiful “American dream” and “rags to riches” saga. We are a nation of immigrants, and all of our ancestors came here to make a better life for their children.  But Christie’s description conveniently omits certain facts.

Sohail Mohammad is on the board of the American Muslim Union (AMU), and serves as its attorney. The AMU was founded by a former executive of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is a front group of the Muslim Brotherhood. Sohail Mohammad’s practice has focused on defending suspected terrorists from deportation.

New Jersey is home to a very large mosque, the Islamic Center of Passaic County, (ICPC), which was founded by Mohammad El-Mezain, who in 2008, was convicted for fundraising for Hamas through the Holy Land Foundation.  It is now led by Imam Mohammad Qatanani. The ICPC and the AMU share multiple directors and leaders.

About the Author: Sarah N. Stern is founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, EMET, a think tank and policy institute in Washington, D.C. This article originally appeared in the Washington Jewish Week.


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17 Responses to “Precisely to Whom is Gov. Chris Christie Pandering?”

  1. this is smearing – what is your source?

  2. this is smearing – what is your source?

  3. Is this ready true? If so, he is bad news.

  4. For me that is just another reason not to like Christie.

  5. Don’t like the man, he will stoop to the level of shutting down a bridge to inconvenience folks he will do a lot worse, I know he said he didn’t do it, but their are ppl who said he did and I choose to believe them! He is trash, let him worship trash!

  6. Don’t like the man, he will stoop to the level of shutting down a bridge to inconvenience folks he will do a lot worse, I know he said he didn’t do it, but their are ppl who said he did and I choose to believe them! He is trash, let him worship trash!

  7. Dan Silagi says:

    Guilt by association; an old McCarthyite tactic. Did you know, Sarah, that people in this country are entitled to an attorney? It's their constitutional right. It hardly means this guy supports Hamas.

    In another thread, I took Christie to task for kissing Shelly Adelson's rear end, and castigated one of your writers for trashing Thomas Friedman for having the chutzpah for criticizing Adelson for, among other things, calling for the nuking if Iran as an unprovoked act of war.

    On this I stand with El Hefe. This fellow Sohail Muhammad can't be all bad if ultra-right-wing Jewish zealots such as yourself hate him, and neither can Christie, even if his butt's wide enough to block 3 eastbound lanes of the GW Bridge all by itself.

  8. He is a bully plain and simple, is it so hard to believe that someone in your party could be a bully.

  9. Heidi Vainio says:

    Booooo…shame on youuuu….

  10. Ronald Cook says:

    thanks for the reminder…sickening !!!!

  11. Christie in and over grown water buffalo and who cares what he has to say along with Hilary Clinton & Obama.

  12. It is bad news for him if he wants to be a president !!!

  13. Chris Griggs says:

    Wouldn’t vote for him to be a dog catcher.Dogs are better than that.

  14. yes he has a Muslim Brotherhood terrorist in his administration, poor judgment, bully, time to go!

  15. Gil Gilman says:

    Though you have offered logical criticisms in past times, I cannot think of a time you have missed the mark so forcefully. In regard to the judge, this is not an example of guilt by association, but self-branding by complicity. In regard to Christie, he is merely pandering to his appetites.

  16. Dan Silagi says:

    Gil Gilman The guy is an immigration lawyer. So if he's representing a client on an immigration or deportation matter, that's his job. And he's Indian, not an Arab. I've read some of this woman's garbage. She's a right-wing moron of the first order.

  17. More attention must be paid to Gov. Christie's affection for and obvious devotion to those who propose to change America to part of the worldwide caliphate.

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