Korean groups back Christie

A host of Korean-American groups and leaders today threw their support to Gov. Chris Christie in his gubernatorial re-election bid.

The groups include the Korean American Chamber of Commerce and the Korean Pastors Association, while the leaders include  Kenneth Yu, president of the Korean American Association of New Jersey.

“At the end of the day, we are judged not by what we say, but what we do. Governor Christie has backed up his words of commitment to the Korean-American community with his historic action – things that no governor has ever done before in the history of this state,” said Paul Yoon, past president of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association. “Governor Christie is a true friend to the Korean-American community. And that’s why I am proud to join with a broad cross-section of Korean-American leaders and organizations to endorse him for re-election.”

Last year, Christie nominated Phil Kwon to the state Supreme Court, the first-ever Korean-American nominated. However, Kwon’s nomination was denied by the Democrat-controlled Judiciary Committee.

Here is a list of the groups and officials who backed Christie:

Overseas Korean Traders Association of New Jersey

Korean Marine Corps Veterans Association of New Jersey

Penel Concert Choir

New Jersey Taekwondo Association

Korean Pastors Association

Korean Real Estate Association of NJ

Korean American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

Hudson County Taekwondo Association

Eastcoast Korean Real Estate Association

Korean American Grocery Association

New Jersey Central Korean American Association

New Jersey Korean American Dry Cleaning Association

New Jersey Korean American Nail Association

New Jersey Korean American Beauty Salon Association

Paul Yoon, Immediate Past President, Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association

Kenneth Yu, President, Korean American Association of New Jersey

Andrew Kim, President, Korean American Civic Action Committee

Ki-Jung Kim, President, Korean American Veterans Association

Tae-Bok Kang, President, Korean American Senior Citizens Organization

Heather Choi, Chairman, Korean American Womens Association

John Chang, President, Korean American Association of Palisades Park

Choy Kyung Hee, Vice President, Holy Name Hospital – Korean Medical Program

"I don't think what he's doing tonight, the method by which he's doing it helps to build a trustful relationship."
—Gov. Chris Christie reacting to President Barack Obama's speech on immigration reform.