Forty-two years ago, New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster was killed execution-style by a radical black activist at a routine traffic stop. Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, his executioner, became a darling of the radical black left and two years into her prison sentence escaped thanks to her radical friends on the outside. She fled to Cuba, where she has lived since 1977. The Communist country’s refusal to extradite the cold-blooded killer was a major source of tension, making the strained relations between the countries worse.
Enter: President Obama. Without any concessions or overtures, the United States dropped its embargo against the island nation and set the stage to reestablish diplomatic ties. Airlines are working towards establishing routes between major U.S. cities and Havana. The tourism money both Cuba and the airlines could earn could be quite substantial.
New Jersey Governor (and 2016 Presidential candidate) Chris Christie has stepped in, asking Newark airport to refuse to reestablish service between the major hub and Cuba. In a statement he said, “The Obama administration may not care about the late New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and his family, but the citizens of New Jersey absolutely do.”
Unfortunately for the Foerster family, it appears money is more important than sending the message to Cuba that Chesimard is a violent criminal deserving of a long prison term, not an extended island vacation. NorthJersey.com reported,
A spokesman for United, Rahsaan Johnson, said, “We remain very interested in serving Cuba as soon as we are able to do so, and believe United’s service would benefit the airport and the region.”
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