New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a likely Republican presidential candidate, has appointed Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to the Senate following the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg. Chiesa, who will serve until a new candidate is elected, has led the Christie Administration's outreach to Islamist radicals.
In November 2012, the Clarion Project broke the story that four Islamists belong to Attorney General Chiesa's Muslim outreach committee. One member, Imam Mohammad Qatanani, has a long relationship with Governor Christie.
The Department of Homeland Security has been trying to deport Qatanani because of his Hamas links since July 2006. His green card application left out a 1993 conviction in Israel for his involvement with the terrorist group. Shortly after his release, he moved to N.J. to lead the Hamas-founded Islamic Center of Passaic County, alongside a later-convicted Hamas fundraiser. The DHS took note of Qatanani's cash transfers to the West Bank.