Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Christie believes Trump administration will bring cop killer to justice

Subscribe to New Jersey 101.5 FM on

Gov. Chris Christie believes President Donald Trump will be able to do what President Barack Obama did not: secure the extradition of a notorious escaped convict who has for decades lived freely in Cuba.

“I think this is one of things the president will focus on,” Christie said Monday during New Jersey 101.5’s “Ask the Governor.”

Christie was asked about Joanne Chesimard days after he renewed his call to have the black nationalist returned from the communist nation.

Chesimard, who now goes by Assata Shakur, escaped from the women’s prison in Hunterdon County in 1979. She was serving a life sentence for her role in the shooting death of State Trooper Werner Foerster on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Brunswick in 1973.

Christie said Monday that he and Trump, whom he considered a close friend, have spoken about the case, and said that Trump remembers following the case in the 1970s.

Under Obama, the United States and Cuba thawed the two countries’ chilly relations from the Cold War-era, but Christie and law enforcement groups in New Jersey were outraged that the return of Chesimard and other fugitives was not a condition of the negotiations.

The State Police in January blasted Obama for his administration’s failure in this regard.

“By burning the last bridge to this Administration’s opportunity to gain their negotiated return, families who have long suffered the consequences of their terrorist acts and law enforcement everywhere in this country have been shown the back of the hand. An ignominious torch has been passed to the next president,” State Police Col. Rick Fuentes said in January.

State Police have a $2 million reward for Chesimard’s capture. Christie on Monday joked that he should receive the award once Chesimard is returned to New Jersey.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email sergio.bichao@townsquaremedia.com.

Sign up for the NJ1015.com Newsletter

Get the best of NJ1015.com delivered to your inbox every day.

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.