For the past several weeks, most of the media kept reporting that Donald Trump’s VP list had been narrowed down to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Christ Christie. The surprise announcement this past week of the selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his VP selection may have saved any chance Trump has of securing the White House.
The American people made one thing perfectly clear during this year’s primaries and caucuses and that is they have lost all hope and trust in Washington’s career politicians. If the GOP hard liners continue to reject Trump, that will only serve to help Clinton win in November. The American people spoke up and it seems that the core of the Republican Party refuses to listen to the American people and want to push their own agenda. Again, if they continue to do so, Hillary will be moving into the White House in January.
Newt Gingrich is a has-been that would be seen as part of Washington’s career politicians that the people are rejecting. He was Speaker of the House for four years – 1995 to 1999. He’s viewed by many as old school and part of the political problem facing America.
Chris Christie is really a liberal Democrat who calls himself a Republican.
Does the name Mohammed Qatanani sound familiar to you? Before being deported from the United States in 2008, Qatanani, an imam at the Islamic Center of Passaic County, said that he was in favor of funding Hamas, an organization that is designated to be a terrorist group by the US government. He also spoke out against Jews and Israel. Then US Attorney for New Jersey, Chris Christie, embraced and kissed Qatanani and then asked one of his assistants to be a character witness for Qatanani at his deportation hearing.
Does the name Sohail Mohammed sound familiar to you? He served as general counsel to the American Muslim Union which has tried to convince others that the 9-11 attacks were orchestrated by Zionist Commandos and not by Muslims. He also defended Sami Al-Arian, a suspected Palestinian Islamic Jihadist. In 2011, Gov Christie appointed Mohammed to the New Jersey state superior court.
During the state approval process of Mohammed’s appointment, he was asked about his stance on Sharia law. Gov Christie verbally chastised the lawmakers for their questions saying,
“Shari’a law has nothing to do with this [appointment of Mohammed] at all. It’s crazy. It’s crazy. . . . So, this Shari’a law business is crap. It’s just crazy. And I’m tired of dealing with the crazies. I mean, you know, it’s just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of things just because of his religious background.”
In 2012, Gov Christie publicly mocked New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly for the NYPD surveillance of Muslims and mosques in New Jersey as well as in New York. Christie referred to Kelly as “all knowing, all seeing.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has hugged, embraced and spoke out for a Muslim that was deported because of his radical views. He supported the firing of a man who was exercising his First Amendment right of free speech. He appointed a Muslim who believes in sharia law to a state superior court and then ridiculed the head of the largest city police department in America for keeping surveillance on Muslims after the 9-11 attack that destroyed the Twin Towers in his city.
Christie’s economic policies are also quite liberal and dangerous. In 2014, Mark Hyman with Behind the Headlines reported:
“Last week, I reported on 27 states that are nearly $600 billion short in their state pension funds. State employees – and, in some cases, local government employees – won’t get the pensions promised them without drastic changes.”
“We’ve examined another state which has a major pension problem.”
“New Jersey has nearly a $50 billion pension shortfall. And the situation is getting worse.”
“Since Governor Chris Christie took office in 2010, New Jersey has shifted a sizeable chunk of state pension funds to higher risk investments such as hedge funds.”
“Christie’s senior appointee overseeing the pension fund promised a higher investment return. This hasn’t materialized. In fact, New Jersey’s pension investments trail the S&P 500 market index often used as the benchmark to measure state investment decisions.”
“This is among the reasons why Moody’s, Fitch, and Standard & Poor have downgraded New Jersey’s bond rating.”
“New Jersey is now the second biggest investor [of defined benefit programs] in hedge funds.”
“Not only are the pension funds underperforming the S&P but the state has also been socked with extremely high management fees. Nearly $400 million was spent on fees just last year. A quarter of a billion dollars more than before Christie took office.”
Christie is also a big supporter of gay rights and promoted legislation to protect gays. In 2013, he proudly signed a bill into law that outlaws gay conversion therapy in New Jersey, in spite of evidence that shows such therapy works in bringing gays out of their perverse lifestyles and help them lead successful family oriented lives.
On the other hand, Mike Pence has a more successful economic record in his state. Pence also signed a state bill into law that guaranteed religious rights of Indiana’s citizens, meaning that Christians could be not be legally forced to participate in same-sex weddings or any LGBT activities.
Even though Pence had served ten years in the House of Representatives, many people don’t view him as part of Washington’s career politicians and the problems facing America. He is a conservative who has stood up for the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, unlike Chris Christie.
Between the choices of Gingrich, Christie or Pence, Trump chose wisely, as I believe that Gingrich and Christie would have cost him the election, but Pence just may tip the balance in Trump’s favor come November.