After Paris, Chris Christie’s ‘tough guy’ foreign policy is in the spotlight

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After Paris, Chris Christie’s ‘tough guy’ foreign policy is in the spotlight.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A new report shows Gov. WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie says President Barack Obama continues to underestimate the threat posed by Islamic State militants despite the Paris attacks. “This is a cult of evil, everyone,” he said of the Islamic State group in a speech Tuesday to the Council on Foreign Relations. Chris Christie’s administration is considering developments at cash-strapped Liberty State Park that could include an amusement park or a low-rise hotel. Christie called the Obama administration’s approach to the threat “naive and gravely dangerous.” The New Jersey governor, who was a federal prosecutor during the 9/11 attacks, has long highlighted his resume as he tries to stand out in the Republican presidential field, especially during the heated debate over the expiration of the Patriot Act.

Chris Christie on Tuesday defended his view that it was too dangerous to take in persecuted Syrians and warned that America could pay a deadly price for being politically correct about the matter. “We cannot allow ourselves, at a time of great peril, to put ourselves voluntarily at even greater risk just because they think it makes our country look better,” Mr. Chris Christie is on the short list of GOP presidential candidates who believe they stand to benefit from an anxious primary electorate’s desire for leadership on foreign policy issues. “Terrorism is not theoretical to me,” Christie said. “It’s not theoretical, it’s real.

The report comes after the department had earlier given a $120,000 grant to nonprofit New Jersey Future to test the viability of developments at the park. But his arguments have found new urgency after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more, stoking new fears about potential attacks in the United States and a fierce debate about how the country should handle Syrian refugees. An interfaith group made up of local Jewish, Catholic and Muslim organizations said they are preparing an apartment in Paterson for a family of seven set to arrive next week. Experts said states don’t have the authority to stop refugees and New Jersey state agencies don’t play a large role in resettling refugees, except for those that might need medical or financial assistance. Attorney for New Jersey after 9/11 — that resonates with Republican primary voters who have a deep-seated feeling that President Obama does not understand the terrorism threat.

This is the cost of not bringing in people who are innocent victims,” de Blasio said as he held up the photo. “Is this what he wants to see happen to people? And he argued that Muslim-Americans will support his approach. “What I’ll tell you is that Muslim-Americans are not nearly that sensitive, not nearly as sensitive as some of the people in opinion places here in Washington or in the White House believe they are,” he said. “They’re Muslim-Americans and they understand that the safety and security of their family is at risk just the way the safety and security of Catholics are at risk, Protestants are at risk, Buddhists are at risk, when the American homeland is not safe and not secure.” Like so much of Christie’s approach, he also got personal, speaking emotionally of his own experience on Sept. 11, 2001, when he spent five-and-a-half hours desperately trying to reach his wife, Mary Pat, who worked in lower Manhattan. He also spoke about friends he lost that day. “The goal and the intent of the American president has to be first and foremost to prevent another generation of those widows and orphans on American soil,” he said. He reiterated a call for France to invoke Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which calls for a collective defense against an attack on one ally. “NATO is not relevant for the coordination between law enforcement agencies and borders control,” Gérard Araud tweeted.

A super PAC promoting Christie is broadcasting ads contrasting Christie’s approach to foreign policy with that of Obama and Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. And, Araud added, it would serve as “a provocation for Russia.” But ultimately, specifics aren’t the crux of Christie’s argument for his candidacy vis-à-vis terrorism. The group, America Leads, has reserved $6.5 million in commercial airtime this week through the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9, adding to $7.2 million it had already spent on TV, advertising tracker Kantar Media’s CMAG shows. New is not necessarily reliable.” “New seems fabulous, until the moment comes when you need experience,” insisted Christie. “Experience in taming the bureaucracy. Obama was failing to lead on the issue and suggesting that the president was trying to bolster his standing around the world at the expense of Americans’ safety.

Christie acknowledged, perhaps unwittingly, that he does not actually have much foreign policy experience (“That’s what passes for foreign policy when you’re U.S. Experience in formulating policies that will actually work, that can serve people.” Christie then criticized Barack Obama, blasting him for being “new in 2008… and let’s look at what that legacy of newness and inexperience has brought us. Christie said that those who were clinging to political correctness would be to blame for spilled blood. “I will tell you, if something does happen, where American lives are lost, the American public should be relentlessly unforgiving to those who are responsible for doing the politically correct thing and not listening to the people who knew more than they did,” Mr. Middle East expert and former adviser to President Bush, Elliott Abrams, noted that Christie’s speech contained no mistakes that might be the downfall of other governors running for president. “I thought it came across well. There was no question that left him flat-footed, that he seemed unable to answer,” noted Abrams, who has briefed Christie and other presidential candidates in this race.

And just hours before the attacks in Paris, he told George Stephanopoulos that his strategy was succeeding and that ISIS was contained.” (RELATED: Obama: ISIS Not Gaining Strength [VIDEO]) “Newness and inexperience allows you to see the world as you want to see it, as a fantasy. We can’t afford to elect another president without the requisite experience and values that our founders enshrined in the Declaration and in the Constitution.”

And there, this message has been particularly attractive to fearful voters. “He has a good case to make as a former prosecutor that knows what it takes to fight and deter terror,” Fleischer added. “And his personality and aura are ‘tough guy.’ Post-Paris, especially the Republican electorate is in the mood for a tough guy.” None of this has been reflected in Christie’s poll numbers thus far.

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