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Saturday, January 22, 2011

There go Chris Christie's presidential aspirations
Posted by Jill | 2:05 PM
Chris Christie has of late become the latest target of Republican man-love over at the sausagefest that is Morning Schmoe. I suppose that in an era where a screeching lunatic like Michele Bachmann is a potential presidential candidate, your garden-variety bully who declares war on teachers, plans to replace state toll collectors contractors making ten bucks an hour with no overtime, and relishes the prospect of inflicting pain on all New Jerseyans EXCEPT the wealthiest, who won't have to pay another penny in taxes, no matter how many people get thrown out on the street or die from lack of health care for the indigent, would look like a Republican demigod.

But I think he may have blown his chances with this one:
Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) announced seven judgeship appointments to the New Jersey Superior Court, including the appointment of Sohail Mohammed to serve on the court in Passaic County. Mohammed is an immigration lawyer in Clifton, NJ who notably defended many Muslims caught up in post-Sept. 11 dragnets, in which the Department of Justice quickly and secretly arrested hundreds of Muslims in the wake of the attacks. Often, the false pretense of an immigration violation was used to hold these men for many months, even though a vast majority of them had no connection to terrorism whatsoever.

Several prominent anti-Muslim voices on the right have reacted with characteristic vitriol to the elevation of a Muslim in the U.S. justice system, calling Mohammed “the enemy” and accusing Christie of turning New Jersey into a “Sharia State.

This is actually one of the few things Christie has done that shows something other than knee-jerk Republican idiocy. Mohammed has been an intermediary between law enforcement and the state's growing population. More visionary stuff like this and less "Fuck the Poor and Middle Class" policy, and I might even give him kudos.

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Blogger Bob said...
It's not good for him, that's for sure. Those admiring audiences out in red country gonna have different questions to ask him now.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
How is he coming with writing that check for 271 million to the feds now that he killed the Hudson River tunnel project?? He really showed his colors when he killed the joisey to manhattan tunnel project which would have employed thousands in good paying jobs and helped prepare the infrastructure of one of the world's greatest metropolitan areas for the 21st century. This little piggie wants to ride the "cut and stomp the workers" train to the White House but knows that the Pale faced Palin show won't play well in his state. I say let him join up with Haley Barbour and Newt and all the other little piggies in the pen and not pretend to be some sort of iconoclastic rightist....it will make it easier to beat his ass as the years and he roll by...

Blogger John said...
He could appoint Jesus Christ to the court and he'd still be an asshole.

Blogger Batocchio said...
Wow, he went off script! That won't win him fans with his base. Funny how government doesn't work well when your constituency is the dumb and angry and the rich and heartless.

OpenID poperatzo said...
It's possible that the wingnuts are correct and Chris Christie really is trying to turn New Jersey into a "Sharia State"?

I'm not sure this is a good time to disagree with them, after all. How much fun would it be to see Christie turn some of his famous "good cheer" on the far Right?

It's not our place to take sides, after all. Let them sort this one out. Either way, we win.

Blogger Terry C, NJ said...
How can any Muslim be a Republican I will never know.