By Editor | September 12th, 2012 - 1:21pm
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By Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.

I was actually saddened to read that Governor Christie intends to campaign for Congressman Steve King in Iowa next week. Congressman King recently joined Congresswoman Bachmann in making an outrageous claim that Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

To their credit the allegations were rejected by Republican lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. John McCain who called Bachmann’s accusations “sinister” and without merit, and House Speaker John Boehner who said “accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”

This is the United States of America, after all. We must never ignore hate speech whether it is based on race, religion or ethnic background. Despite our political differences, I know that Governor Christie is a good man. I'm sure he recognizes that a true patriot stands up to demagogues even if they are members of his own political party.

I therefore implore him to do the right thing. Show an example not only to Republicans but to all Americans. Cancel your trip to Iowa and join Senator McCain and Speaker Boehner in condemning the actions of Congressman King. 

Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. represents the 18th Legislative District.

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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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