At the GOP primary debate Thursday night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) pulled a classic liberal tactic. He straight up lied. Playing on the hope that low informed voters would just hang on his words without questioning the truth he made claims about Sept 11th that weren’t true.
Part of what is in question is the timing of his appointment to a Department of Justice position by claiming to have been a United States Attorney at the time of the 9/11 attacks.
When Fox News’ Megyn Kelly asked Christie about his criticisms of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who argues that extensive surveillance programs created in the wake of the attacks violate the Bill of Rights, Christie invoked his personal experience with the attacks and ensuing law enforcement activity.
“I was appointed U.S. Attorney by President Bush on September 10th, 2001, and the world changed enormously the next day, and that happened in my state. This is not theoretical to me,” Christie said. In his closing remarks, Christie repeated the claim and date.
Even liberal news media, Think Progress, brought up the topic questioning reports from the time suggest that Christie’s nomination to the vacant U.S. Attorney slot in New Jersey was widely anticipated prior to the attacks.
Bush didn’t nominate Christie until December 7 of that year, and he did not assume office until early 2002.
The “Meet Chris” section on Christie’s campaign website says that he “served as U.S. Attorney from 2002-2008.”
Christie defended his “hug heard around the world” when he got a big ol’ hug from Obama when Rand Paul brought it up by saying that he remembered hugging the people that lost loved ones during Sept 11 when the towers fell.
Yet that was just more of his liberal tactics. Prey on the low informed voters.
Christie has repeatedly used these tactics to portray civil libertarians like Paul as naïve theoreticians who don’t know anything about getting their hands dirty or seeing loved ones killed by terrorists.
“I think folks like those that are arguing against [dragnet surveillance] have a severe case of amnesia,” Christie said in a May interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. “I was nominated to be U.S. attorney on September 10, 2001. I have no amnesia about what happened the next day.”
Governor Chris Christie lied about being appointed U.S. Attorney the day before 9-11, GotNews.com has learned.
In a tense debate with U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Christie invoked his “hugs” with people who died on 9-11 to justify his support of warrantless wiretapping.
In fact Christie lied about being appointed on September 11, 2001