NEW YORK (APP): The nomination of an American-Muslim to the New Jersey State Superior Court judgeship has raised some controversy, with conservative critics warning that the new judge will implement Sharia law. The appointee, Sohail Mohammed, an attorney of Indian origin, offered legal aid to New Jersey residents who were suspected after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but were later found innocent of any crimes. New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie defended his choice, calling the conservatives' "crap" and "crazy." Opponents of Sohail's nomination have issued warnings, with no evidence, that Christie's nominee, if approved, would base his rulings on Islamic law. "Sharia law has nothing to do with this at all," Christie, himself from a conservative party, said at a press conference Wednesday. "The guy's an American citizen who has been an admitted lawyer to practice in the state of New Jersey, swearing an oath to uphold the laws of New Jersey, the constitution of the state of New Jersey, and the Constitution of the United States of America. This Sharia law business is crap. It's just crazy. And I'm tired of dealing with the crazies." Several Republican presidential candidates have issued imaginary warnings of a Muslim plot to force American courts to rule by the religious code. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum recently called it "an existential threat" to the United States; former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty shut down a programme in his state that would allow practicing Muslims to pay for mortgages without violating their religious teachings against borrowing with interest; businessman Herman Cain said he would require Muslims to take an extra loyalty oath to serve in his administration; and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for a federal law to ban Sharia from U.S. courts.