PRINCETON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Several New Jersey Muslim leaders say they’ve been invited to a Ramadan dinner Tuesday night at the governor’s mansion in Princeton.
The meal with Gov. Chris Christie at Drumthwacket will celebrate the Muslim holy month.
Several of the invited Muslim leaders met recently with the state’s attorney general, who announced in May that the New York Police Department had not violated any New Jersey laws in conducting surveillance at Muslim businesses, mosques and student groups in the state.
The attorney general’s findings angered many Muslims, but several of those invited to Tuesday’s dinner said Ramadan is not a time for politics.
Christie’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, did not respond to a request for comment on the Ramadan meal.
Christie has been making headlines for his comments regarding gun control following the deadly shootout at a Colorado movie theater.
In response to the mass shooting last Friday, Christie said on Monday that it is “not the appropriate time to be grandstanding about gun laws.” He added at a statehouse news conference, “I think we have enough gun laws now. And it’s time for us to enforce the gun laws that we have now, which I think we do fairly well here in this state.”
“People were just killed over the weekend,” Christie added. “Can we take a deep breath before politicians start sending out press releases? Can we allow the people to be mourned appropriately by their families before you have opportunistic politicians out there trying to make political points in an election year?”
Quinn also mentioned the fatal playground shooting of a 4-year-old Bronx boy on Sunday, and added “I just don’t understand the governor’s statement at all.”
On Monday evening, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch advocate of stricter gun-control laws said, “I don’t understand why the police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say, ‘We’re gonna go on strike. We’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.”
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