New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a rising star in the Republican Party, forcing him to constantly deny that he will run for president in 2012. His stardom has just hit a bump though, as he is under fire for embracing Muslims with Islamist ties.
The controversy began when Governor Christie nominated Sohail Mohammed, the general counsel to the American Muslim Union (AMU), to become a Superior Court judge. The Investigative Project on Terrorism has discovered that the AMU is not a moderate group, as its online newsletter has told readers that a "Zionist commando orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks." The group has also supported the Neturei Karta, an Orthodox Jewish group that rejects Israel's right to exist and supports Hamas and Ahmadinejad. The AMU also declined to support the 2005 "Free Muslims March Against Terror."
The organization is also very closely tied to the Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC), as it has had five common officials. The ICPC was founded by a Hamas operative named Mohammed el-Mezain. In November 1994, el-Mezain boasted of how the ICPC and the Holy Land Foundation, of which he was chairman, were supporting Hamas and how he had raised $1.8 million for it. He was later convicted in 2008 of financing the terrorist group.