Chris Christie: Tired Of Dealing With The Anti-Muslim Crazies

Earlier this year I noted that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had come under fire from several conservative bloggers for appointing Sohail Mohammed, a Muslim American attorney, to a seat on the Passaic County Superior Court. Mohammed was confirmed by the state legislature and sworn into office last week, which caused the Newark Star-Ledger to note this in an editorial:

Mohammed came to the country legally as a teenager in 1980, and — with a mother working two jobs to support him — ditched an engineering career to become a lawyer. It was a calling. He staunchly defended people’s rights as an attorney, built a sparkling reputation and is now a judge.

He was sworn in Tuesday in the same Passaic County courtroom in which he took his oath of citizenship and where he served as a juror.

Mohammed’s appointment is a badge of honor for Christie and New Jersey, but it also serves as something else our society and political arena desperately need: crazy repellent.

That last comment was prompted by a comment Christie had made the day Judge Sohail Mohammed was sworn into office in which he addressed the controversy that the appointment had created among some conservatives:

“It’s just crazy, and I’m tired of dealing with the crazies,” said Governor Christie. “It’s just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of things just because of his religious background. I’m happy that he’s willing to serve after all this baloney.” Chris Christie certainly deserves praise for sticking to his guns on this one and remaining steadfast in the face of bigoted opposition to Mr. Mohammed’s fitness for the job.

Good for you Governor Christie. The rest of the GOP could learn something from what you’ve done here.

 

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Comments

  1. Chad S says:

    There goes his national ambitions.

  2. Camerons says:

    Mr. Mataconis,

    You really need to do some background on your stories. Your ignorance is dangerous to everyone. Mr. Christi stepped on a political landmine.

  3. sam says:

    @Camerons:

    You really need to do some background on your stories. Your ignorance is dangerous to everyone. Mr. Christi stepped on a political landmine.

    You know, when someone comes along statements like that, they owe a debt to the rest of us to at least supply some links to help us understand the complaint. Otherwise, we might get the idea that you’re just shooting your mouth off.

  4. John Burgess says:

    @sam: Might get? I think the default assumption must be “Yep, another one of those crazies we were just talking about.”

  5. anjin-san says:

    “It’s just crazy, and I’m tired of dealing with the crazies”

    Change parties. Otherwise, you have made your bed & you have to lie in it.

  6. A voice from another precinct says:

    “Good for you Governor Christie. The rest of the GOP could learn something from what you’ve done here.”

    But I’m guessing that they won’t. Particularly after looking at Cameron’s comment..

  7. Ken says:

    Good for him. Fat guys FTW. Fiscally conservative, union-defying, not-socially-lunatic people FTW.

    Though given the nature of the modern Republican party, his complaint about the crazies did remind me a bit of this.