Chris Christie on Homeland Security



Libertarian anti-NSA secrecy stance is an esoteric debate

Sen. Rand Paul (R, KY) has clashed repeatedly with other Republicans on security issues, including the recent revelations regarding the National Security Agency's sweeping collection of phone and internet data.

Paul's comments on the NSA's programs prompted Governor Chris Christie (R, NJ) to call out the senator at a forum last Thursday. Speaking in Colorado, Christie warned of a "strain of libertarianism" in both parties seeking to challenge the post-9/11 security environment, pointing to Paul as a prime example. "These esoteric, intellectual debates--I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation," Christie said. "And they won't, because that's a much tougher conversation to have."

Paul fired back on Sunday, defending his position as being more geared towards the youth vote that the GOP desperately needs to attract. "If you talk about some privacy issues like that, I think you will find youth coming to you," said Paul.

Source: Hayes Brown on ThinkProgress.org, "2016 GOP" , Jul 29, 2013

Want to reduce anti-terrorism? Come talk to 9/11 victims

[When Christie called Paul's calls for reducing anti-terrorism "dangerous"], Paul fired back at Christie saying he's against terror but only wants to preserve the Constitution. But he's made it clear that what he wants is a massive pullback of efforts to seek out and fight Islamist terrorists as well as a general retreat from America's position as a global power with commensurate responsibilities. Paul has tried to call this stance "realism," but [some critics say] it is merely warmed-over isolationism. Paul has sought to play upon the war-weariness of Americans after Iraq and Afghanistan to bring this isolationist trend into the mainstream from the margins, where it has dwelt since before WWII.

But as Christie pointed out, anyone who wants to cut back on the Bush/Obama anti-terror measures should come to New York or New Jersey and meet the families of 9/11 victims. Programs such as the NSA metadata mining have helped stop numerous attempts to repeat that atrocity.

Source: Jonathan S. Tobin in Commentary Magazine , Jul 26, 2013

Second American Century: strong military & sure values

I don't want my children and grandchildren to have to read in a history book what it was like to live in an American Century. I don't want their only inheritance to be an enormous government that has overtaxed, overspent and over-borrowed a great people into second-class citizenship.

I want them to live in a second American Century. A second American Century of strong economic growth where those who are willing to work hard will have good paying jobs to support their families and reach their dreams.

A second American Century where real American exceptionalism is not a political punch line, but is evident to everyone in the world just by watching the way our government conducts its business and everyday Americans live their lives.

A second American Century where our military is strong, our values are sure, our work ethic is unmatched and our Constitution remains a model for anyone in the world struggling for liberty. This is the American way.

Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech , Aug 28, 2012

Patriot Act OK to monitor library book selections

Patriot Act OK to monitor library book selections Christie has defended the Patriot Act, including one highly controversial portion of the law that allowed the government to investigate what materials people had taken out of public libraries. "The USA Patriot Act is, I believe, the single biggest reason Patriot Act OK to monitor library book selections When the Justice Department in 2007 recommended that prosecutors seek warrants to secure the most precise
Source: Rise to Power, by B. Ingle & M. Symons, p. 82 , Jun 5, 2012

FBI inappropriately detained many people after 9/11

FBI inappropriately detained many people after 9/11 In July 2011, Christie said the FBI inappropriately detained many people after 9/11. He did so as part of a forceful defense of appointing Sohail Mohammed as the state's first Indian American and second Muslim judge. Conservative bloggers and some FBI inappropriately detained many people after 9/11 I'm tired of dealing with the crazies," Christie said. "It's just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of things just because of his religious background."

"Ignorance is behind the criticism of

Source: Rise to Power, by B. Ingle & M. Symons, p. 83 , Jun 5, 2012

Strengthen support network for military families

Gov. Christie issued the following statement on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, to remember and honor Americans taken as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action:

"Today we pay tribute to the sacrifice of our brave servicemembers who not only served our country with honor, but were also taken as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action.

"Honoring our commitment to those brave men and women is one of our solemn duties and a special responsibility for me as Governor. I am proud that we have strengthened our commitment to our veterans, their families, and those currently serving in active duty. Since taking office, I have signed legislation that strengthened our support network for military families after the death of a service member, honored those World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans who were required to drop out of high school to serve, and created the Gold Star Families license plate to honor the families of members of the military killed in action for their sacrifice."

Source: Press release, "National POW/MIA Recognition Day" , Sep 16, 2011

Fund Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program

Reinforcing his commitment to New Jersey's veterans, National Guard members and their families, Governor Chris Christie today signed legislation that creates and enhances assistance tools that provide financial support and peer counseling services throug the NJ National Guard State Family Readiness Council Fund and the Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program telephone helpline.

"I'm pleased to sign S-1731, establishing the telephone helpline," said Governor Christie. "Serving in a combat zone puts overwhelming stress on the mind and body that the average New Jerseyan will never know. So, this program is a critical component of the healing process in the long-term mental health of our service members."

Funds donated by the public will be collecte through the state Division of Taxation and then distributed to the New Jersey National Guard Family Readiness Council, a non-profit organization. Through S-1731, an annual appropriation will be designated for the Veteran to Veteran telephone helpline.

Source: Press release, "Assist N.J.'s Military Veterans" , Aug 19, 2011

We ARE the leader in Libya; we MUST be the world's police

Q: Does American have to be the world's policemen? Would you like to see a spreading of that load going forward where America's not the go-to country? For military support, for helping out with despotic regimes and so on?

Q: Well, America's always got to be the leader in that regard.

Q: Does it have to be?

A: I think it does.

A: I mean, look at Libya and the way Pres. Obama dealt with that. You know, he quite deliberately decided America wasn't going to be the leader.

A: But we really are. Let's face it, we are. He's calling the shots. and we all know that. And so let's not be kidding because they call it something different. America's taken the responsibility. Now, do I think there has to be shared sacrifice among other nations in the world who want a stable and secure world? Absolutely, there has to be. But I don't think that America can ever abdicate its leadership role in the world because of who we are & where we've come from. We are the symbol for the world for freedom & liberty.

Source: Interview on CNN "Piers Morgan Tonight" , Jun 15, 2011

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