9:49 AM, Nov 25, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie directly challenged an account from presidential rival Donald Trump that "thousands" of Muslims in the Garden State cheered on the day of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"Thousands of people did not cheer in Jersey City on 9/11. It just didn’t happen. I was there that day. Nothing like that was ever shown on the news. There’s no video of that. It didn’t happen," Christie told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Tuesday. "As I understand it, he says he saw it on the news. It didn’t happen!"
Christie had previously said Sunday he did not recall the incident Trump has recently described. At a rally last week, Trump said "thousands and thousands of people were cheering" in Jersey City as the World Trade Center buildings across the Hudson River in lower Manhattan. There were no reports of such a large celebration, although the Washington Post did report on September 18, 2001, that law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river." There have also been reports that in Paterson, about 20 miles northwest of Jersey City, a small group of teenagers of Arab descent celebrated in the streets.
But Christie says any celebrations in his state weren't documented on video and were much smaller—"a small number of people, allegedly"—than Trump has claimed. "As I said Sunday, that was a very emotional, difficult day for me, so I can’t say I have perfect recollection of the day, except for the things that I was really concerned about that day, which was the safety of my wife and my brother," he said. "But if that had happened, thousands of people in New Jersey cheering, and I’d been named U.S. attorney the day before, I think I would have remembered."
Christie, who gave an address to the Council on Foreign Relations Tuesday afternoon, spoke about New Jersey's "large Muslim-American population," the second largest percentage-wise after Michigan, in defense of his position that more Syrian refugees should not be allowed into the U.S. until the vetting process is improved. President Obama has criticized governors opposed to allowing in refugees in the wake of the ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris, and leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has said blocking those refugees engenders distrust among Muslim-American communities and law enforcement.
"What I'll tell you is Muslim Americans are not nearly that sensitive," Christie responded. "Not nearly as sensitive as some of the people in opinion places here in Washington or in the White House believe they are. They're Muslim Americans, and they understand that the safety and security of their families are at risk, just the way the safety and security of Catholics are at risk, Protestants are at risk, Buddhists are at risk, when the American homeland is not safe and not secure."
Christie also criticized Clinton's unwillingness to refer to "radical Islamic terrorism" and called on leaders to stop using "euphemisms" to describe the threat. "She thinks, somehow, that this will be insulting to the rest of the Muslim world," he said. "I think it's clarifying. See, if you say you're going to war with radical Islamic terrorism, then by definition you're not going to war with the rest of Islam."
2:54 PM, Nov 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
As the administration at Princeton University prepares to consider removing the name of Woodrow Wilson from the institution's school of foreign affairs amid protests, one prominent parent of a Princeton student is speaking out. New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who is running for the Republican nomination for president, told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Tuesday that the Princeton administration's reaction to a sit-in protest by 15 students was "ill-conceived" and disappointing.
9:06 PM, Nov 10, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
If you were just listening to Chris Christie’s answers Tuesday night, you might have thought he was debating Hillary Clinton. The Republican governor of New Jersey used his demotion to the undercard debate in Milwaukee to focus not on the other three low-polling Republicans on stage but instead on the likely Democratic nominee.
Book Review: The Prize, by Dale Russakoff.1:34 PM, Oct 23, 2015 • By RICH DANKER
On a fall afternoon in 2010, the unlikely trio of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took the stage of the Oprah show to declare their plan to remake American urban education.
Flailing presidential candidate attacks facts, reality.9:07 AM, Sep 9, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Many American cities have suffered through alarming increases in their homicide rates this summer. New York City is not one of them.
Never miss breakfast, especially if you're a teacher.3:15 PM, Aug 28, 2015 • By JIM SWIFT
New Jersey's kids, like all kids, are our future. And in many places, it takes a village to raise those children, complete with teachers' unions.
9:42 AM, Aug 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie says America needs a "strong law enforcer as president" in a new 30-second TV ad. In the spot, Christie, a Republican, lists off examples of "lawlessness in America and around the world under Barack Obama," including the terror of ISIS, sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, drug problems, and "Iranian radicals with nuclear weapons. Christie adds in leading Democratic candidate for president into the mix.
"Now, Hillary Clinton thinks the law doesn't apply to her," he says with an image of a computer server on screen. "Really?"
"If Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it."5:14 PM, Aug 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bob Menendez, the Democratic senator from New Jersey and one of the leading voices for tougher sanctions on the Iranian regime, delivered an address Tuesday at Seton Hall University in which he declared he would oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.
6:33 PM, Aug 3, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, said former secretary of state Hillary Clinton should stop using "code words" when defending Planned Parenthood and reiterated his support for defunding the organization on a federal level. Christie responded to a video produced by Clinton's presidential campaign in which the Democratic frontrunner directly criticizes Republicans for "assaulting" the nation's largest abortion provider.
12:50 PM, Jun 30, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie became the fourteenth Republican to join the presidential race, promising in a rambling announcement in his hometown of Livingston that he would bring “strong leadership” to Washington. Christie also argued the country should not turn control over to President Obama’s “second mate, Hillary Clinton.”
A mayor who thinks small may be the answer Jun 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39 • By ELI LEHRER
Just about every morning when the weather is nice, Don Guardian rides his bike along the boardwalk and digs into the beach sand. “They’re supposed to clean the top six inches of sand,” he explains. “And I check to make sure that they actually do it. . . . That’s what I’m here for: the small stuff.”
2:05 PM, May 22, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two likely Republican presidential candidates defended the PATRIOT Act and its terrorist surveillance provisions at a gathering of Republicans Friday morning. Both New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush were emphatic in their support for the National Security Agency’s metadata collection program.
7:45 AM, May 13, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie told CNN's Jake Tapper Tuesday that it "wasn't" the right decision to go to war in Iraq, given what we know now about the intelligence failures leading up to the invasion in 2003.
"Now, I think President Bush made the best decision he could at the time, given that his intelligence community was telling him that there was WMD and there were other threats right there in Iraq," said Christie. "But I don't think you can honestly say that if we knew then that there was no WMD, that the country should have gone to war. So my answer would be 'no.'"
12:35 PM, Apr 28, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
New Jersey governor Chris Christie will be sending New Jersey cops to Baltimore. The Republican governor made the announcement on Twitter.
"I spoke directly with Maryland Governor @LarryHogan last night and let him know that New Jersey is offering our full support & solidarity," Christie tweeted. "…in their efforts to protect the lives and well-being of the people in the city of Baltimore while calm and order are being restored. Following my conversation with Gov @LarryHogan, the @NJSP placed an assessment team on the ground in Maryland.