Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a tense exchange on the Michael Medved radio show on Wednesday when a caller accused Christie of being naive about the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating the United States.
The caller — John, from Houston — said, “Hi, Governor Christie, look I've given money to Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, but I haven’t given you any money yet because I think your statements basically represent — or is symbolizing a naïveté about what's going on with the penetration into the United States institutions of the Muslim Brotherhood.
"To wit: Look there's a stealth jihad going on and there's a substantial penetration of Islamic lobby organizations, like CAIR [Council on American-Islamic Relations] by Muslim Brotherhood interests. This is documented. I think you’re naive about it and I want to know what you have to say about that.”
Christie responded, asking, “Naive in what sense? What is what I've said — what is what I’ve said naive? I’d like to know that.”
The caller responded to Christie, saying, “You’ve said that 'these people who are obsessed about Sharia law in the United States.' You've criticized them, but I think that there's ample documentation to establish that there is in fact a stealth jihad underway in America.”
Christie explained to the caller he made the remark about Sharia law when he received criticism from right-wing commentators in 2011 for appointing a Muslim judge to the New Jersey Superior Court.
“Listen, what I was talking about was when they accused a specific appointee of mine of following Sharia law, which was complete ridiculousness and sophistry and the guy's been on the bench now for nearly five years and has got nothing but rave reviews from the lawyers and other judges that serve with him.”
Christie concluded, saying, “So this is, you know, this gentleman from Houston — reading some website where he doesn't even understand the story — making accusations — there’s no one in this race that has been tougher on radical Islamic terrorism then I've been.”
Nathan McDermott is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Nathan McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.