Is Chris Christie Compromised? Appoints four Islamists to Outreach Committee

Ryan Mauro over at Radical Islam has a shocking expose’ on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s continuing penchant for putting Muslims with extremely questionable backgrounds, in positions of power.

Via Radical Islam:

A investigation has discovered that at least four Islamists sit on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Muslim outreach committee, which was formed after Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa concluded in May that NYPD intelligence-gathering operations in New Jersey did not break any laws.

All of the information about the Islamist backgrounds of these four committee members is publicly available, yet the Christie Administration picked them to serve as liaisons to the Muslim community of the state. As a result, they are having private meetings with N.J.’s top security officials. This is just the latest example of Christie’s embrace of Islamists that should be shunned, not exalted.

The discovery that the Islamists were on the committee was made when obtained a previously unreleased list of committee members present at a September 5, 2012 meeting at the Leroy Smith Building in Newark.

The four committee members of concern are:

Imam Mohammad Qatanani, whose deportation is sought by the Department of Homeland Security for not disclosing on his green card application that he was arrested and convicted by Israel in 1993 for his involvement with Hamas;

Ahmed Shedeed, a fervent supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and President of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, a mosque with a history of Islamist leadership. Its website currently contains disturbing statements about jihad, the West, wife beating and polygamy;

Mohammed Younes, the President of the American Muslim Union, a group with Islamist leadership and close ties to Qatanani’s mosque, which was founded by a Hamas fundraiser; and

Imam Abdul Basit of the New Brunswick Islamic Center, a mosque founded by a radical cleric. In July, it held a Brotherhood-linked seminar featuring multiple extremist speakers.

Be sure to read it all. The degree to which Christie is in bed with Islamists should be extremely alarming to all Americans.

Last August, Mauro uncovered a video of Christie at an Iftar dinner with the first man on the aforementioned list – Mohammad Qatanani. At that dinner, the New Jersey Governor singled out Qatanani for recognition and referred to those who have raised legitimate questions about Qatanani as “bigots”.

Perhaps most ironic about that is who Qatanani is on record as having praised himself – Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, a virulently anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood cleric who has expressed support for Hitler.

The video embedded in Mauro’s August 7th article is no longer viewable as it has been labeled “private” but the gushing nature of Christie’s praise for both Qatanani and Sohail Mohammed, a man Christie appointed to a Superior Court judgeship, was beyond eerie. Before being appointed by Christie, Mohammed had a history that included a stint as Qatanani’s attorney.

Here is a quite indignant Chris Christie back in July of 2011 answering questions about his appointment of Mohammed:

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) expressed support for Christie’s appointment of Mohammed.


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