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Standing up for Religious Beliefs

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Gov. Christie has always stood out for his respect for religious diversity. Notably, he appointed a Muslim lawyer to serve as a Superior Court Judge and refused to back down when critics made xenophobic attacks.9 He also spoke out against the vilification of Muslims when people protested against plans to build a Muslim community center and mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan.10

Additionally, in response to revelations about the NYPD surveilling Muslim New Jerseyans, he signed legislation (A2948)11 requiring out-of-state law enforcement agencies to notify state authorities of their actions before conducting surveillance in New Jersey. However, when the state Attorney General issued a report in May 2012 examining warrantless NYPD surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey, the Christie administration concluded that the NYPD had done nothing wrong.12

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9 Fleisher, Lisa, “Christie Blasts Critics of New Judge,” Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2011,

10 Haberman, Maggie, “Chris Christie warns GOP on mosque,” Politico, Aug. 16, 2010,

11 Baxter, Chris, “Christie signs bill requiring out-of-state police agencies to report secret surveillance to N.J. officials,” The Star-Ledger, Sept. 9, 2013,

12 Sherman, Ted, “NYPD did no wrong in secretly surveilling N.J. Muslims, Attorney General reports,” The Star-Ledger, May 24, 2012,

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