The following video hasn’t gotten any attention in the mainstream press, but it has lit afire in the right-wing web sites.
The shaky, grainy 16-minute speech was shot by an attendee at a dinner for the Muslim holiday of Iftar, held at the governor’s mansion two weeks ago.
“In many publications around this country I’m now called an Islamist,” Christie told the crowd. “Ya know, listen, I’ve been called worse things — usually on the boardwalk on Seaside Heights. Ya’ll saw my reaction to that.”
It is an extraordinary video, in part because you don’t often hear Republicans calling out elements of their own party for being “bigots” against Muslims. The issue of Muslim extremism is a hot topic wrought with potential political pitfalls, and yet here is a guy on the short-list for GOP vice-presidential candidates who is directly confronting the topic in the backyard of his own house.