Audio Recordings Show Chris Christie Failed to Tell the Whole Truth when asked about Sharia Law Concerns

Audio recordings (posted below) of a 2012 Iftar dinner at the New Jersey Governor’s mansion belie statements made by that state’s governor, Chris Christie, in his response to a question about Sharia Law while speaking at a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas this past Saturday. Based on his track record, many have expressed concerns that Christie is either naive or complicit when it comes to facilitating the spread of Sharia in New Jersey.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with Imam Mustafa El-Amin

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with Imam Mustafa El-Amin

Christie’s response was more measured than one he gave previously but he said that all of those concerns resulted from his appointment of a Muslim judge named Sohail Mohammed. The presence of several individuals at the Iftar dinner, coupled with how Christie addressed them, has contributed greatly to Sharia Law concerns when it comes to the Governor.

First, here is the video at the RJC event (h/t DC):

That’s simply not true. While his appointment of Mohammed should be cause for concern, it is far from being the only cause for concern. As relayed a couple of years ago, Christie appointed at least four Muslims with very questionable backgrounds to his Muslim outreach committee.

One of those appointees was none other than Imam Mohammed Qatanani who, in addition to being a client of Sohail over the years, was also convicted by an Israeli military court of being a member of Hamas. Qatanani reportedly failed to disclose that fact when he filed for a green card. In 2007, Qatanani prayed for the Holy Land Foundation defendants during a sermon (defendants were found guilty on all counts, in the largest terrorism financing trial in history). In that prayer, which was in Arabic, he called for ‘Allah to assist our brothers and sisters in Filastin, and Iraq and Chechnya’ as well.

This leads to an iftar dinner that was held at the New Jersey Governor’s mansion in July of 2012. posted the video but it is no longer available so the audio is posted below in five parts.

Qatanani was in attendance and Christie acknowledged him as a ‘force for good’ while also referencing his ‘association’ with the imam (clip #3). Christie’s history with Qatanani goes back several years, to include siding with the imam during the green card flap.



In this first clip, Christie refers to a ‘graze of intolerance’ and defends his appointment of Sohail Mohammed in the face of what Christie sees as bigotry from people who had a concern over that appointment:

In clip #2, Christie refers to people who have a problem with his appointment of Sohail Mohammed as ‘bigots’ who are causing ‘hysteria’ and ‘nonsense’ while calling Sohail a ‘pioneer’ who will overcome the bigotry:

In clip #3, Christie calls out Qatanani by name and refers to him as a ‘force for good’ while saying this ‘association’ has led some people to refer to him as ‘an Islamist’. The New Jersey Governor mocked this claim, saying he’d been ‘called worse things’ in the past:

In clip #4, Christie confusingly says that he will continue to ‘judge people based upon their relationships with me’ and then implies that Sohail, Qatanani, and presumably others are his ‘friends’ whom he makes no apologies for:

In clip #5, Christie eerily makes reference to having a spirit of ‘brotherhood’ and says people should ‘lower their suspicions and increase their faith in each other’. Whether Christie knows it or not – he should – that is exactly what groups like Hamas want, though for completely different reasons:

In 2013, reported on Qatanani’s scheduled appearance at a Muslim Brotherhood event. The imam spoke at a Muslim Students Association (MSA) event in New Jersey.



  • Mike Johnson

    I live in N.J. and voted twice for Christie for Governor. The first time was after I had voted for his primary opponent Steve Lonegan and the second time was for his re-election. To me and most conservatives, Christie offered a better option than whoever the leftists ran out there. Jon Corzine? Barbara Buono? Now should the Governor overcome his bridgegate controversy and become a candidate for President, I would suspect most if not all true conservatives will only vote for Christie if he were to win the nomination. While Chris Christie is by far not the best choice, he would surely be better than a progressive? But until then, I’ll hold out hope and pray for true conservatism to win the day.

  • Too many of our politicians have publicly expressed the same sentiment of support for the appointment of Islamic leaders into their administration. Herein is their ignorance of and/or denial of what the fundamental agenda of Islam really has planned for America. One only needs to take a look at what is happening in Europe and the Netherlands to see what is in store for this country. Perhaps it’s time to take a serious look at the campaign funds received and it may turn out that our own politicians may be profiting by selling America out to the highest bidder.

  • DJ

    I’m an independent who would vote for Christie. You can’t knock him because of these silly cases of six degrees of separation. Nothing wrong with Christie. He’s a good, independent thinker. The Republican Jewish Coalition is nothing but a bullying organization who bashed Christie for simply calling the Palestinian territories “Occupied territories.” Sheldon Aldelson threw his typical hissy fit and had George Klein condemn him publicly- forcing Christie to “Apologize” as to not upset dictator Adelson.

    • shoebat

      what six degrees? Christie is friends with a man convicted of being with Hamas.

      That’s one to one. The number six doesn’t even apply.

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  • John A. Patriot

    This greedy SOB KNOWS FULL WELL who’s trough he’s sticking his muzzle into… just recall his previous posting; if anyone in NJ should know what/whom he’s climbing into bed with it is Christie. The man plain and simple has NO MORAL Compass, he is driven by Power & Greed; which will be his ruin in the end. What gets me is the voters continue to cast votes for him!?!?!?

  • gregzotta

    Chris Christie stated, “Sharia Law won’t come into New Jersey and to suggest otherwise is nothing more than internet blog B.S.”
    The RINO Chris Christie is a bully and a LIAR. In August 2010, there was a judge in New Jersey that used Sharia law in his decision. It was overturned, but he did it. The following is an excerpt from the Fox News article:

    “A New Jersey family court judge’s decision not to grant a restraining
    order to a woman who was sexually abused by her Moroccan husband and forced
    repeatedly to have sex with him is sounding the alarm for advocates of laws
    designed to ban Shariah in America.

    Judge Joseph Charles, in denying the restraining order to the woman after her
    divorce, ruled that her ex-husband felt he had behaved according to his Muslim
    beliefs — and that he did not have “criminal desire to or intent to
    sexually assault” his wife.”

    Just another reason why Christie cannot and should not be a
    nominee for president. I guess Christie is clueless to the above case as much as he supposedly was on “Bridge Gate.”

  • richinnameonly

    Great. And we are looking at a possible Hillary vs. Christie in 2016?

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