New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was quick to react to a plan from billionaire candidate Donald Trump proposing a conditional ban on Muslim immigrants to the United States.
“You do not need to be banning Muslims from the country,” Christie said. “That’s, in my view, that’s a ridiculous position and one that won’t even be productive.”
Christie made his remarks in an interview with radio host Michael Medved this afternoon. He argued that what Trump was proposing would be illegal.
“There’s no question in my mind,” he said, when asked if Trump’s plan was a violation of the First Amendment. “But there are folks in this race who don’t care about what the law says because they’re used to being able to just fire people indiscriminately on television.”
In a statement this afternoon, Trump called for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Christie argued that American’s could continue to work with peaceful Muslims, just as they did after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
“I can tell you in New Jersey that we frequently had sources inside mosques in New Jersey that were giving us information that helped us to bring cases and intervene on things that we otherwise wouldn’t have know about,” he said, citing his experience as a federal prosecutor.