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1 shutdown  Thu, Jan 20, 2011 1:42:58pm

Release the crazy!

2 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Jan 20, 2011 2:24:24pm

Bad that Commentary joined the choir.

Oh noz, the guys is lawyer! Who defended the accused! Throw every lawyer in jail me sez!

3 CuriousLurker  Thu, Jan 20, 2011 4:07:57pm

*snort* I'm not a big fan of Christie, but him making the Harpy's head get all splodey warms my heart.

4 Transfromnation  Thu, Jan 20, 2011 4:30:00pm

As a NJ citizen, I believe Christie could be doing a better job, and he's kind of an ass. But I respect him for supporting the Park51 project and for not embracing the Islamophobic far-right.

5 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Thu, Jan 20, 2011 4:53:57pm

The whole name scare is so silly. Mohammed! BOOGA BOOGA! Even Maher fell for it.

6 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 20, 2011 5:33:54pm

Simply pathetic. I am not big on Christie either but this is fucked up big time. Eventually, we'll have a Muslim member of the Senate. I cringe to think of how these people will react when that happens.

7 dragonfire1981  Thu, Jan 20, 2011 7:57:45pm

re: #6 HappyWarrior

With violence probably.

8 CuriousLurker  Thu, Jan 20, 2011 8:37:53pm

re: #4 Transfromnation

As a NJ citizen, I believe Christie could be doing a better job, and he's kind of an ass. But I respect him for supporting the Park51 project and for not embracing the Islamophobic far-right.

I'm a citizen of NJ too, and as a Muslim I'm paying very close attention to anything NJ politicians say. Actually, he never stated he was in favor of it AFAIK, though he did say that all of Islam shouldn't be painted with the same brush, so I give him credit for that (even though he used the opportunity to take a cheap shot at President Obama).

Below is ABC's report of his comments (added emphasis mine):

[...]

Gov. Chris Christie's comments contrast those of prominent national Republicans, including Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin who kept up their attack on the proposed project two blocks from where the World Trade Center was destroyed by Islamic militants.

[...]

But Christie warned against politicians "overreacting," and he spoke as someone with a closer connection to the tragedy.

Christie served as New Jersey's attorney general following the attacks, and many of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the collapse of the Twin Towers were from New Jersey. New Jersey was also a co-owner of the World Trade Center.

"Given my last position, that I was the first U.S attorney post 9/11 in New Jersey, I understand acutely the pain and sorrow and upset of the family members who lost loved ones that day at the hands of radical Muslim extremists," said Christie at a bill-signing ceremony. "And their sensitivities and concerns have to be taken into account. Just because it's nearly nine years later, those sensitivities cannot and should not be ignored."

He included Obama as among the politicians who he scolded for playing politics with the emotional issue and called for tolerance for Muslims.

"We cannot paint all of Islam with that brush. ...We have to bring people together. And what offends me the most about all this is that it's being used as a political football by both parties. And what disturbs me about the president's remarks is that he is now using it as a political football as well. I think the president of the United States should rise above that."

The governor said he would not take a public stance on the Islamic center because "I don't believe that it would be responsible of me to get involved and comment on this any further because it just put me in the same political arena as all of them," he said.

Christie also suggested the project's builders have some compassion, saying the feelings of the 9/11 family members should be given "deference."

He was insistent on not commenting on whether the project should be built.

"I am not going to get into it, because I would be guilty of candidly what I think some Republicans are guilty of, and the president is now, the president is guilty of, of playing politics with this issue, and I simply am not going to do it," Christie said.

"All people in our country suffer when those kind of things happen," he said.

[...]

9 lawhawk  Fri, Jan 21, 2011 1:32:44pm

I'm a New Jerseyean (yes, that's what we apparently call ourselves), and I don't have a problem with Christie's position on nominating Sohail Mohammed to the bench. Just because Mohammed defended detainees after 9/11 shouldn't disqualify him from the bench. His qualifications are sufficient, and Christie is actually renominating Mohammed; his nomination first came up during the Corzine administration but wasn't advanced.

That you've got so many of the usual suspects claiming that nominating a Muslim to the bench is somehow indicative of creeping sharia shows a fundamental misunderstanding of Islam in America. It highlights the hate-filled venom that lurks just barely below the surface and xenophobia is not far behind.


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