Christie to Obama: Get Chesimard From Cuba 2

Assata Shakur, the former Joanne Chesimard, escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba. (Photo: Associated Press)

Assata Shakur, the former Joanne Chesimard, escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba. (Photo: Associated Press)

William Westhoven, @Wwesthoven, Daily Record

Gov. Chris Christie has joined the growing call by New Jersey leaders demanding that Cuba return fugitive cop-killer JoAnne Chesimard as part of any negotiations the United States enters to normalize relations with its long-estranged neighbor.

The governor’s office issued a release on Sunday that included a copy of a letter sent by Christie to President Barak Obama, dated Dec. 18, urging him to “demand the immediate return of Chesimard before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government.”

“Cuba’s provision of safe harbor to Chesimard by providing political asylum to a convicted cop killer, and her ability to elude justice, is an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the New Jersey State Police, who have tirelessly tried to bring this killer back to justice,” Christie wrote.

Christie wrote he did not share the president’s hopes that opening relations would reverse decades of human-rights abuse under the Castro regime, but that current developments provide the opportunity for Cuba to prove it is serious about change by sending Chesimard back to New Jersey.

“I ask you to use this opportunity to engage with the Cuban government to get this resolved, and I am very disappointed that returning a convicted killer of a police officer was not already demanded and accomplished in the context of the steps you announced regarding this dictatorship,” Christie wrote. “The family of her victims, like so many of those who have, and continue to suffer under the Castro regime, deserve this basic decency before further steps toward Cuba are taken by this government.”

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, (R-Harding), Sen. Robert Menendez and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes led a strong negative response from New Jersey leaders in the immediate aftermath of Obama’s historic announcement on Wednesday of a prisoner swap and new efforts to open relations with Cuba for the first time since a trade embargo was established 54 years ago.

At issue was the return of Chesimard, a former member of the revolutionary Black Liberation Army convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. Following her 1977 trial in New Brunswick, before a jury selected from Morris County residents, she escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County on Nov. 2, 1979, in a brazen breakout executed by three armed BLA members.

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  1. Shakur is not the only fugitive from U.S. justice in Cuba. She is joined there by Puerto Rican terrorists Victor Manuel Gerena of the Macheteros, on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List with a $1 million reward
    and FALN bumbling bomb maker William Morales and other cop killers and murderers–abc-news-topstories.html

  2. The recent decision of the President of the United States to re-establish diplomatic relations with the country of Cuba is not predicated on the civil criminal activities perpetrated by American civilians acting in a civil society inside the United States nation or vice versa.

    Instead, it is predicated on the issue of two nations ninety miles from each other who now are restarting their formerly existing diplomatic relations. As with all issue involving foreign countries and how nations will transact with other nations in cooperation, in matters of transcendance of each countries´ laws, there are a myriad of issues involved–not limited to civilian related issues, which also have to be evaluated and analized in order make such collateral civilian matters that may surge between two nations in the daily course of living, and which then are transformed into accords that later such nations are to enter into treaties to deal with such matters.

    The case of this woman is such an issue, but by the same token it is not the issue upon which foreign policy is formulated or negotiated by the United States iof America and any attempt to make such a like issue a foreign policy key issue of a larger agenda or dimension is immediately suspect of political manipulation. Such is the case of Governor Christie´s writing this letter and who has now brought into the forefront an issue that will actually be resolved by government staffers in the course of hammering out American foreign policy with the government of Cuba to both nations satisfaction.

    Morons as Governor Christie, in my opinion, when they think they have something up their sleeve to trump upon will act in moronic ways and thisn is the result of his letter posturing as he heads into the 2016 season of Presidential elections.

    The loose ends such as the case of this woman will be hammered out in due course as boh the United States and Cuba and on a path to mutual reconstruction of diplomatic relations between the most powerful nation on earth and Cuba a worldwide admired nation whether some people like it, or not.

    For instance, next time you board Iberia Airlines, Air France or other foreig airlines who all have routes to Cuba, tell the pilot you´re not getting on-board until that airline stops flying routes to Cuba or which does not have diplomatic relations with your country of citizenship. This is exactly similar to what Governor Christie has done. Moronic.

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