Outspoken New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addressed an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) audience in New York recently and shared his view of what America’s role in the world should be, stressing the importance of the U.S. standing by its friends and taking action against its adversaries.
"America should stand by its friends and its democratic allies, even, and sometimes especially, when it’s unpopular to do so,” Christie said. “And you know I know, that it may not be fashionable in some of the chancelleries, the foreign ministries, and salons around the world to talk about why America stands with Israel – but that’s no excuse not to be saying, and saying it loudly."
“I read a quote from President Franklin Roosevelt which I thought made this point much better than I ever could. He says, ‘Please judge me by the enemies I have made.’ In that same spirit, I would like to say to all of you tonight: I admire Israel for the enemies it has made.”
The Weekly Standard adds that the New Jersey governor went on to explain that Israel’s enemies are America’s enemies, and that the two countries share important values. “We both believe in self-government, we both believe in democracy, and unalienable rights,” Christie said.
“From what I understand, the Knesset and Israel’s free, vibrant news media make Trenton seems like a cordial and sleepy atmosphere. You’ll find that hard to believe, if I say so myself.”