Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer Joanne Chesimard
DECEMBER 21, 2014, 1:03 PM LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014, 11:16 PM
BY CARLA BARANAUCKAS
STAFF WRITER |
Governor Christie is urging President Obama to delay reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba until a convicted cop-killer who has been granted asylum by the Cuban government is returned to New Jersey.
On Wednesday, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced the thaw between the two countries.
In a letter dated Friday, Christie said, “The Cuban government has been providing safe haven to convicted murderer Joanne Chesimard, a woman designated by the [FBI] as a domestic terrorist and the first woman ever placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List.”
In 1977, Chesimard was convicted of murder in the 1973 killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. She was sentenced to life in prison, escaped in 1979 and made her way to Cuba.