By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
“Cuba still provides sanctuary to Joanne Chesimard, who remains on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorism List for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, it recently was caught sending arms to North Korea in the single largest violation of United Nations Security Council sanctions, and also received a shipment from a Chinese arms manufacturer that was seemingly headed for Colombia’s terrorist organization FARC,” Senator Bob Menendez said in a statement. “Yet today Cuba was somehow delisted from this dishonorable list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. To this day, we have not seen one substantial step toward transparent democratic elections, improved human rights, freedom of assembly, or the ability to form independent political parties and trade unions on the island.”
One of New Jersey’s strongest Republican voices on the topic remains Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07).
“The Obama Administration needlessly has given away serious leverage in ensuring Cuba reengages in world affairs with respect for justice and the rule of law,” he added. “We in Congress will continue to use our powers to do what the Administration will not – make the restoration of diplomatic relations contingent on tangible Cuban concessions, including justice for Trooper Werner.”