Chris Christie weighs in on Trump's Muslim comments

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke about the idea on the campaign trail on Monday, calling it ridiculous.

TRENTON, N.J. (WPVI) -- Legal experts are sounding off on Donald Trump's call to block all Muslims from entering the United States, saying his proposal is not only unconstitutional, but also impossible to carry out.

Trump made his comments during a rally in South Carolina Monday night. In addition, Trump has been advocating for enhanced surveillance of mosques due to fears over radicalization.

He said, "Yes, we have to look at mosques and we have to respect mosques, but we have to look at mosques. We have no choice. We have to see what's happening because something is happening in there - man, there's anger."

For most of Trump's rivals in the 2016 race, as well as numerous other Republicans, they say this proposal is what finally crossed the line.

Trump said, "We have no idea who is coming into our country. We have no idea if they love us or they hate us. We have no idea if they want to bomb us."

Trump has already suggested surveillance of mosques and beginning a database to track Muslims. But his proposal to bar all members of a religious faith from coming to this country has caused a furor.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke about the idea on the campaign trail on Monday, calling it ridiculous.

Christie said, "This is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don't know what they're talking about."

The Imam at the Islamic Society of Central New Jersey says Trump's idea is not practical - and way off base.

Imam Hamad Chebli tells us, "This America belongs to everybody. Belong to all the immigrant. He has no right to make that statement to say only Muslim cannot get the visa and come to America."

Many, including top Republicans, are calling Trump's suggestion anti-American. The front of Tuesday's Philadelphia Daily News shows a picture of Trump that's reminiscent of Adolf Hitler. The headline reads "The New Furor."

Action News sampled reaction to the controversial idea of banning Muslims from coming to America.

Leon Poole of Pennsauken says, "I don't know if I would go as far as saying he's the new furor. But I would go so far as saying that when you start lumping all people because of their race or religion into one category, I just don't think that's cool."

But Johnny Toto of Hamilton Twp. says, "I think it's good because if it's gonna protect our borders then it would be good, yes. Look when 9/11 happened, it was Muslims, and look when Paris happened - it was Muslims."

The head of one Muslim American group says Trump sounds more like the leader of a lynch mob than a great nation. But criticism like that has so far not discouraged Trump or his supporters.