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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, http://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424053111903999904576470680561590162

10 Haberman, Maggie, “Chris Christie warns GOP on mosque,” Politico, Aug. 16, 2010, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41141.html

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, http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/09/christie_signs_bill_requiring_out-of-state_police_agencies_to_report_secret_surveillance_to_nj_offic.html

12 Sherman, Ted, “NYPD did no wrong in secretly surveilling N.J. Muslims, Attorney General reports,” The Star-Ledger, May 24, 2012, http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/nypd_did_no_wrong_in_secretly.html

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