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Mr. Trump, Personnel IS Policy. Say No Thanks To Chris Christie As Attorney General

One of CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie’s favorite bits of political wisdom, accumulated during his 55-years at the national level of the conservative movement, is personnel is policy

While the populist – conservative coalition that elected Donald Trump president basks in the glow of their victory, and takes a well-earned breather from politics, many of the forces that they campaigned against are taking no such breather. 

Chris ChristieThey are right now working to insinuate themselves into the new administration to protect the special interests that profit from big government; defense contractors, “green energy” companies, the “refugee” resettlement industry, the “education” industry that came-up with Common Core, and all the rest of the Beltway Bandits aren’t taking a break. 

And neither are the members of the Bush – Romney establishment Republican political class. 

The same crew that brought us the no-win strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan and TARP are doing their best to find a way back into government to make sure that they get a paycheck and the best interests of Wall Street and the neo-con consensus on foreign policy and national defense remains the official policy of the Republican Party.  

We must not let that happen. 

The question is, who will Mr. Trump choose to help him drain the swamp? 

Is moderate Chris Christie the candidate for Attorney General best able to clean-out the corrupt racialists in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division? Will he pursue the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist threats to constitutional liberty with the zeal necessary to root them out and destroy them? 

Christie’s record as Governor of New Jersey suggests otherwise.

As Lauri B. Regan in an article for the American Thinker, in the years following 9/11, the NYPD, under the leadership of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, organized the Demographic Unit, a creation of CIA officer Lawrence Sanchez who established it in 2003 while working at the department. The unit was designed as a surveillance program in which undercover officers infiltrated New York and New Jersey Muslim-owned businesses, mosques, and Islamic schools to detect terror threats before they were accomplished. 

According to a New York Times article, “The goal was to identify the mundane locations where a would-be terrorist could blend into society. Plainclothes detectives looked for “hot spots” of radicalization that might give the police an early warning about terrorist plots. The squad, which typically consisted of about a dozen members, focused on 28 ‘ancestries of interest’.” 

One of the loudest critics of the undercover surveillance was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

Regan says Christie, joined by then-Newark mayor Cory Booker, called the program “disturbing” and “deeply offensive.” Christie took issue with the fact that, notwithstanding the Newark police department’s involvement with the program, neither he nor the feds were informed.  

In 2012 Christie stated, "I know they think that their jurisdiction is the world. Their jurisdiction is New York City. My concern is this kind of affectation that the NYPD seems to have that they are the masters of the universe." 

However, says Ms. Regan, after a three-month investigation, New Jersey attorney general Jeffrey Chiesa “concluded there was no evidence to show the NYPD’s activities in the state violated New Jersey’s civil or criminal laws.”  

This would sound like mere petty provincialism, except Christie also reportedly approached Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder with his beef.  

To no one’s surprise, within several months of that finding, the NYPD caved to pressure and pulled out of New Jersey and by 2014, much to the delight of New York City’s Islamist-sympathizing Mayor Bill de Blasio, the program was shuttered completely. 

Lauri Regan also reminded us that in the face of a possible Romney/Christie ticket in 2012, terrorism experts, Daniel Pipes and Steve Emerson, documented what they called Christie’s “Islam problem.”   

In addition to his stance regarding the Demographic Unit, their evidence included the following:

2008: When serving as U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Christie embraced and kissed Mohammed Qatanani, imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, and praised him as “a man of great goodwill.” He did this after Qatanani had publicly ranted against Jews and in support of funding Hamas, a U.S. government-designated terror organization, and on the eve of his deportation hearing for not hiding an Israeli conviction for membership in Hamas. In addition, Christie designated a top aide… to testify as a character witness for Qatanani… 

2010: After Derek Fenton burned three pages of a Koran at a 9/11 memorial ceremony, his employer, New Jersey Transit, got Christie’s approval to fire him. Protecting Islam at the expense of the constitutional right to free speech, Christie endorsed Fenton’s termination: “That kind of intolerance is something I think is unacceptable. So I don’t have any problem with him being fired.” 

2011: Christie appointed an Islamist, Sohail Mohammed, to the New Jersey state superior court. Mohammed’s record includes serving as general counsel to the American Muslim Union (which has stated that a “Zionist Commando Orchestrated The 9-11 Terrorist Attacks”), acting as spokesman for Muslim prisoners who went on a hunger strike after being jailed during Ramadan, defending Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Sami Al-Arian (his indictment, Mohammed said, was “nothing but a witch-hunt”), and helping Qatanani’s legal defense… 

Pipes and Emerson summarized:

In short, Christie has hugged a terrorist-organization member, abridged free-speech rights, scorned concern over Islamization, and opposed law-enforcement counterterrorism efforts. Whenever an issue touching on Islam arises, Christie takes the Islamist side against those -- the DHS, state senators, the NYPD, even the ACLU -- who worry about lawful Islamism eroding the fabric of American life. 

With each new act of terrorism, many of us will be wondering if it could have been prevented had Christie taken the right stand and supported the efforts of the NYPD’s counterterrorism program concluded Lauri Regan.  

One thing is clear; Christie’s Islam problem should not be permitted to move from New Jersey’s to DC where the entire country’s national security will be at risk. As Pipes and Emerson concluded, “Whatever his reasons, we conclude that Chris Christie lacks the moral compass and integrity needed to serve as vice president of the United States.” The same goes for Attorney General.  

Chris Christie likes to project a no-nonsense tough guy image, but when it comes to recognizing and rooting out radical Islam he’s a pussycat.  

Since dropping his own campaign for President, Christie has been a loyal supporter of Donald Trump and undoubtedly deserves a political payoff for his support. We suggest Ambassador to Someplace Warm, that does not have an Islamism problem, perhaps the Republic of Vanuatu, but certainly not Attorney General.

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Chris Christy

I totally agree, Chris Christie should NOT be V.P. or A. G. give him an Ambassadorship to somewhere. He's too liberal.

Say No to Christie Christie as Attorney General

Chris Christie a staunch conservative has leadership and experience as a an chief executive of a large state as New Jersey his record and policy on national security and experience protecting our country and his tenure as federal prosecutor.
Governor has spent his life focused on anti terrorism cases. he oversaw terrorism prosecutions and obtained court permission for surveillance of terrorism suspects Governor Christie has spent his life protecting our country against Radical jihadists terrorism. He is a staunch critic of the Obama administration and the federal government refugee program with insufficient vetting procedures resulting in the denial to admit Syrian refugees in to the country who are not vetted in order to protect the safety
and security of the American people.
If Governor Chris Christie is appointed to serve as President elect Donald J. Trumps Attorney General he's going to bring real change and credibility at the U.S. Department of Justice unlike Loretta Lynch careless mishandling of Hillary Clinton's email scandal without her being prosecuted and Eric Holder who mishandled criminal cases like the Fast and Furious that killed a US Patrol Guard at the Mexican US border in Arizona He's going to make no deals with big government money machine bureaucrats in Washington DC and crony friends he will prosecute corrupt bosses and their illegal money making activities at the expense of the tax payers .He will stem out corruption from all angles.

Not Christie

From what I'm hearing, it's more likely to be Rudy Giuliani. I don't know how you feel about him, but that's what I've heard.


***New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been a loyal supporter of Donald Trump and undoubtedly deserves a political payoff for his support.***

I don't think you mean that the way it came out. I don't believe anyone deserves a political payoff. I truly believe that only subject area experts should be in cabinet slots, that they should pass some serious vetting, and that they should have the capacity to repair a broken bureaucracy or to replace it or even to end it, if that is the mission. For example, I do not believe that Kelly Ann Conway -- and I really like her -- should be Secretary of Defense, but I'd give 2 thumbs up for her in the press secretary role. Politicians are not necessarily subject area experts.

Christie's Temperment

This case of performing a "Gotcha" on a political opponent at the expense of the public by Christie, should it prove to have legs is reason to stand back and let this play out...If he passes the legal test, he can be used in some capacity later...My opinion is that he is a man out for himself and is not a servant of the people...I've been wrong before.....

No to Chris Christie!!

Mr. Trump, No to Chris Christie for AG!! Where are the principled conservatives in your appointees? 80% of conservatives voted for Donald Trump. I would like to see principled conservatives appointed to important seats.

Look at real foresight and loyalty (Christie isn't it)

Unlike Christie come lately who hopped on th Trump Train when he had run out of options, or Ben Carson who is still looking for a clue, there are visionaries who got on board with Trump early, because they actually saw a man with his heart in the right place, whose people skills were much better than the caricatures of him, and who knew what the citizens were seeking far better than conventional politicians.

People like Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Jeff Sessions, Rudy Giuliani, Ann Coulter, even Sean Hannity, who stuck their necks out and took the ridicule because they saw something bigger than a vaudeville showman.

Praise for Corey Lewandowski, who got in early and did not turn against Trump when he was edged out by the loathesome Manafort. Special praise for Rice Preibus who took lots of arrows for cheerfully accepting the nomination of Trump and working to make it a success for both the candidate and the party.

These are the ones who should be rewarded, not the ones who got on board late out of self-preservation, or who are trying to sneak in the back door after the election confounded their predictions.

Not a loyal supporter, but a pragmatic toady!

Unlike Giuliani, who got on board out of friendship and with a view to nudging the NY primary for Trump, Christie is simply a pragmatic politician who wanted to remain relevant when his own hopes were rightfully crushed by his terrible record.

For one reason alone, never mind the liberal tendencies, Christie should be rejected over his propensity for gun control. After 8 years in NJ, the ability of residents to defend themselves has not improved one iota. We cannot allow this man nea any meaningful levers of power, ESPECIALLY, the DOJ!