Chris Christie's Patriot Act

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks in Belmar, NJ, May 29, 2015
From New Jersey Public Radio and

Over the past couple of weeks, Governor Christie has been offering an aggressive defense of the Patriot Act - stressing that he has personally used it to prosecute terrorists in his role as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.

But how has he used it? And have his actions made the world a safer place?

This week on the podcast we’re joined by New Jersey Public Radio’s Matt Katz and Reporter Petra Bartosiewicz who produced an hour-long documentary for This American Life on the conviction of Hemant Lakhani by then U.S. Attorney Chris Christie. Matt and Petra look into Christie’s track record of prosecuting terrorists in the years following 9/11.

Also this week: the governor’s Common Core pivot is now complete.

Christie says the national education standards are "simply not working.” But the Star-Ledger’s Tom Moran says “it’s hard to know what’s not working, other than the politics.” He joins Host David Furst to break down the politics behind Christie’s decision to back away from the education standards that are kryptonite to many Republicans.


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