By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Did you catch this on Fox News Sunday, Save Jerseyans?
What’s going on here?
Gov. Christie began by announcing his “profound disagreement” with the President’s decisions to liberalize relations with Cuba but also stating his belief that “with this decision, I believe there is an opportunity for Cuba and its government to show the American people it is serious about change.”
“Cuba’s provision of safe harbor to Chesimard by providing political asylum to a convicted cop killer, and her ability to elude justice, is an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the New Jersey State Police, who have tirelessly tried to bring this killer back to justice,” the Governor continued, “I urge you to demand the immediate return of Chesimard before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban Government.”
A grassroots movement is underway across the country and here in New Jersey to bring the convicted murderer of State Trooper Werner Foerster to justice.
“If, as you assert, Cuba is serious about embracing democratic principles then this action would be an essential first step,” the letter continues. “I ask you to use this opportunity to engage with the Cuban government to get this resolved, and I am very disappointed that returning a convicted killer of a police officer was not already demanded and accomplished in the context of the steps you announced regarding this dictatorship.”
It’s hard to not read presidential politics into the equation. I am NOT suggesting the Governor is insincere; I am saying that he and his team are actively looking for ways to look presidential by wading into foreign affairs and also combat Jeb Bush’s surprisingly early presidential announcement, a clear attempt by the former Florida governor to clear the field of potential so-called “establishment” rivals.
The letter-writing move is further designed to kill two birds with one stone: please conservative primary voters AND place the Governor at the center of a major controversy that’s particularly controversial in former Governor Bush’s home state.
Gov. Christie closed the letter on an emotional note, taking aim directly at the rationale for President Obama’s Cuban policy shift. “The family of her victims, like so many of those who have, and continue to suffer under the Castro regime, deserve this basic decency before further steps toward Cuba are taken by this government,” he concluded.