Christie Defends Muslim Pick for New Jersey Judge, Calls CriticsNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie is defending his pick of a Muslim for a state judgeship, saying critics of a lawyer who represented suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are “ignorant” and “crazies”...
“This Shariah law business is crap,” said Christie, 48. “It’s just crazy and I’m tired of dealing with the crazies.”
Governor Christie's pushback against individuals who espouse policies that run counter to the First Amendment is welcome. It reveals that some political leaders have the courage to refuse to give extreme elements a de facto veto over policy or appointments.
It also provides a stark contrast with some candidates such as Herman Cain who seek to leverage uninformed sentiments for political advantage. In the U.S. a person's religion is his or her own right. It has no bearing on his or her fitness for office.