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Chris Christie Really a RINO?

With all the news aflutter over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his toying with America in his run, or not running, or.. for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, perhaps it would be best to put forth just where this tough-talkin’ “Jersey boy” really stands on some of the important issues.

Sharia Law
Notwithstanding Christie appointing New Jersey’s second Muslim-American to the state supreme court, in August of this year Christie came out in defense of his position, as well as to the defense of the ACLU-stance that America has nothing to worry about – Sharia Law will never end up in American courts because “[t]here is no evidence that Islamic law is encroaching on our courts” (ACLU). When defending his appointment of Sohail Mohammed to the NJ Supreme Court, Christie went so far as to say the “Sharia Law business is just crap.” Perhaps Christie didn’t get the memo about a case in Florida where the judge ruled in favor of allowing Muslims in a civil dispute to undergo mediation in accordance to Islamic (Sharia) Law just this past March. [1] Or perhaps the memo where Oklahoma law-makers passed a law prohibiting Sharia Law to be practiced in the courts in Oklahoma. [2] Case is currently pending in the 10th Circuit Court.

Gun Control
In his run for governorship of NJ, while being interviewed by Sean Hannity, Christie stated, “I favor some of the gun control measures we have in New Jersey”. And when pressed by Hannity, “Should every citizen in your state be allowed to get a licensed weapon if they want one?”, Christie replied, “In New Jersey, that’s not going to happen, Sean.” [3]

Illegal Immigration
Again, Gov. Christie must not have gotten the memo, in this case known as The Constitution of the United States of America. Christie’s own words – “The whole phrase of ‘illegal immigrant’ connotes that the person, by just being here, is committing a crime.” … “Don’t let people make you believe that that’s a crime that the U.S. attorney’s office should be doing something about.” [4] Conservatives quickly argue, what part of “illegal” in the term “illegal immigrant (alien)” does Christie not understand?

Civil Unions
Christie has emphatically stated that he is against same-sex marriage and not something he will support, believing in one man and one woman marriages. With regard to civil unions, Christie states that NJ will continue to pursue civil unions, even though the measure failed in a Democratic-controlled legislature with a Democrat governor. [5]

Global Warming
“There’s undeniable data that CO2 levels and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere are increasing,” says Gov. Christie. [6] This is definitely a non-conservative belief.

In Fairness
With regard to Sharia Law, if left to defending his decision in appointing Sohail Mohammed to the New Jersey Supreme Court, one could argue that Christie was not going to admit he may have made a mistake, or else he truly believes Mohammed is not going to thwart the American legal system by allowing Sharia Law to encroach upon the courts or in his decision making. However, he cannot defend his blindness that Sharia law is creeping into our legal system, and his saying that “it’s crazy” to believe such.

With regard to gun control, Christie shows his heart is in the right place when it comes to the number of deaths of the police force due to an abundance of illegal firearms in his state. However, what Christie has yet to say is that people kill people and most merely use guns as their weapon of choice. Would it not therefor be better to implement legal remedies, not a ban on guns which will violate the rights of legal and law-abiding citizens?

With regard to illegal immigration, Christie has since changed his tune, a bit. He now asserts the federal government’s role in securing our borders. However, he also objects to the states having any rights in dealing with the national crisis of illegal immigration.

With regard to civil unions, Christie does take a conservative stance against same-sex marriage, but a liberal stance with regard to civil unions.

With regard to global warming, Christie believes it is real. He hedges his bets on the idea that 90% of the world’s scientists cannot be wrong. However, there has been a great debate, especially since other scientists have recently came out and stated otherwise.

In Conclusion
Christie’s flare for speaking from the gut with a New Jersey tone feels refreshing to some who believe that he will be just as harsh when it comes to running the country. His policies as a political figure, on the other hand, have shown he is not a hardline conservative, and not conservative at all in some regards. And lets not forget Christie made it quite clear that he was not going to run for POTUS, even saying “what do I have to do outside of threatening to commit suicide to convince people I’m not running?” And just 4 days ago, speaking at the Reagan Library, Christie responded to what appeared to be a plant in the audience begging him to run, that he needed to “feel it in his heart” before he could run for president and that he just didn’t feel it.

RINO or not, if Chris Christie does decide to run for the GOP nomination for president, then it can easily be said that he does not say what he means, or means what he says. In that, how can Chris Christie be trusted to be honest with the people and lead them away from the fear of Sharia Law in our courts, the liberal stance on gun control, states rights when it comes to illegal immigration and civil unions, and the necessity to pick winners and losers in the game of going green, just as Obama did with Solyndra, to name but a few issues conservatives have with Gov. Christie?

In vetting a candidate in their bid for a White House nomination, there are other issues that need to be brought to light as well – taxes, economy, jobs, foreign policy. Where does “this Jersey boy” stand on the other important and most relevant factors with regard to the people of the whole of the United States? Will there be enough time to fully vet him before the media starts scooping up the little pieces they wish to portray to the people? Or will the people get a full opportunity to see Gov. Christie for who he truly is before the ridiculously early primaries?

[1] St. Petersburg Times – “Judge orders use of Islamic law in Tampa lawsuit over Mosque leadership
[2] Daily Mail Online – “Sharia law banned: Oklahoma to become the first U.S. state to veto use of Islamic code
[3] Asbury Park Press – “Christie, on Fox News, talks gun control
[4] Los Angeles Times – “Would immigration stance harm Chris Christie too?
[5] The New York Times – “Gov. Chris Christie, Champion of Inequality
[6] Politico – “Chris Christie: Global warming is ‘real,’ but program is ineffective

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Chris Christie Really a RINO?

  1. During his run for gov.,i read on many sites that he is only conservative when it comes to finance. The latest bs is only the lsm trying to add as many rinos to the fire as they can,imho.

    Posted by siilas | October 3, 2011, 10:25 PM
  2. It would be worth it to send him to DC and get him the heck out of NJ. All we did was replace one Goldman sachs fat boy for another. Christie, as was Corizine is a globalist, installing global gov’t which means, taking down the USA. At least in second position in DC he would not have the power to continue his rampage of destruction. The list above is partial, the guy is a neo-con which is the OPPOSITE of paleo–con and he, as do all the career pols, need to GO.

    Posted by jtsgrandmom | October 18, 2011, 2:59 PM

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