Religion in Society

NJ Gov Christie Backs Firing Derek Fenton for Koran Burning

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The governor of New Jersey backs the decision by New Jersey Transit to fire an employee for burning pages from the Koran near Ground Zero on 9/11.

"We're supportive of the action taken by NJTransit," a spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie told the New York Daily News.

Derek Fenton was fired on Monday from his job as an assistant train coordinator. He was not on duty at the time of the controversial incident, which is leading one New Jersey state senator to defend Fenton's right to free speech.

"So long as his actions, however misguided, took place on his own time, and he was not acting in his capacity as a representative of NJTransit but as an American exercising his constitutional rights, then the agency is clearly in the wrong," Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) said in a statement.

Fenton has other supporters. In fact, some of them set up a Facebook page called "Help Derek Fenton" to help find a new job for the father of two.