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N.J. Gov. Christie Loads Up Administration With Former Fed Prosecutors

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Assistant U.S. Attorneys seem to have found a new home with New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie.

The Asbury Press reports that Christie, who was the U.S. Attorney in Newark from from 2002 though 2008, has appointed more than two dozen former federal prosecutors to his administration or State Superior Court. Nearly 20 worked directly for him.

Montclair State University political scientist Brigid Harrison told the Asbury Press that the move gives the image that the Christie administration is for clean government.

“The most obvious advantage is that there is a public perception that prosecutors are squeaky clean. And in a state with a reputation for corruption like New Jersey has, that offers voters and Gov. Christie a certain degree of credibility and legitimacy that comes automatically,” Harrison told the paper.

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Ex-U.S. Atty/Gov. Elect Chris Christie Subpoenaed in Trial of Right Wing NJ Shock Jock

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Now that the election is over, New Jersey’s Gov.-elect Christopher Christie doesn’t have to deal with this as a potential campaign issue.

Nonetheless, it’s probably a situation the former New Jersey U.S. Attorney would rather not deal with at all.

The Herald News reported that Christie, who stepped down as Newark’s U.S. Attorney late last year, was subpoenaed Tuesday to testify as a defense witness for Hal Turner, a New Jersey right-wing blogger, shock jock and ex-FBI informant former who is on federal trial in Brooklyn on charges of threatening the lives of appeals court judges in Chicago.

The paper reported that Turner’s defense attorney, Michael Orozco, said “he hopes to question Christie about whether federal prosecutors in Newark made a blanket decision not to file charges against Turner after previous threatening statements on the radio or on his blog.”

A Christie spokesman confirmed the existence of the subpoena, but did not comment further, the paper reported.

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Ex-U.S. Atty. Christopher Christie Wins New Jersey Governor’s Seat

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, the Republican challenger who had vowed to clean up public corruption, defeated the Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine for the New Jersey governor’s seat on Tuesday.

Chrisite defeated Corzine in a hard fought race full of mudslinging, and in a contest many saw as a referendum on the Obama administration.

Christie, a Bush appointee, stepped down as U.S. Attorney of Newark last December to launch his bid for governor.

In Mudslinging NJ Gov. Campaign, Corzine Takes Shot at Christie About U.S. Atty Appointment

Gov. Jon S. Corzine/campaign photo
Gov. Jon S. Corzine/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Slinging mud right til the end, New Jersey’s Democratic Governor Jon S. Corzine told the New York Times he regretted supporting the nomination of  Christopher S. Christie for U.S. Attorney back in 2001.

“New information, new conclusion,” Corzine told the Times about Christie, his Republican challenger for governor . The election is Nov. 3.

Christie, who resigned from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey to launch a campaign for governor and try and unseat Corzine, shot back in a separate interview.

As the Times described it:”Mr Christie, somewhat theatrically, struggled for several moments to name three things the governor had done right,” the Times wrote.

“Let me think,” he told the Times. “Um…I would probably say I think over all his prosecutorial appointments have been good.”

Ex-U.S. Atty. Christie’s Crime Buster Image Being Tarnished in NJ Gov Race

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In New Jersey, a landscape flush with plenty corruption, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie entered the gubernatorial race as a crime buster out to rescue the state.

But in the past few months, his Democratic opponent Jon Corzine and the media have done plenty to try and tarnish that image, accusing the Republican Christie of ethical breaches while he worked as the Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney in Newark from 2002 to 2008.

The latest question mark comes from the Newark Star-Ledger, which reported on Sunday that Christie, just before he quit, hired the son of a mentor and friend  over the objections of fellow federal prosecutors.

“Christie hired Samuel Stern over objections from nearly every assistant U.S. attorney who interviewed him, according to three federal law enforcement officials with knowledge of the hiring process,” the Star-Ledger reported. Samuel Stern is the son of  Herbert J. Stern.

“They contended Stern, who at the time was two years out of law school, lacked the experience to become a federal prosecutor, the officials said,” according to the Star-Ledger.

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NY Times Says Ex-U.S. Atty. Christie’s Key Aide May Have Improperly Helped in His Bid For N.J. Gov

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The New Jersey Governors race is everything you might expect:
Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

one hell of a fight full of mudslinging between Dem incumbent Jon. S. Corzine and Republican challenger, Christopher J. Christie, the ex-U.S. Attorney.

The New York Times on Tuesday added some mud. The paper reports that’s Christie’s key aide Michele Brown, who remained in the office after his departure,”used her position in two significant and possibly improper ways to try to aid Mr. Christie in his run for governor.”  Brown responded by email to the Times by calling the allegations “outrageous and inaccurate”.

For one, the paper reports, that in March when Gov. Corzine’s campaign asked for records about Christie’s expenses and travel, Brown “interceded to oversee the responses to the inquiries, taking over for the staff member who normally oversaw Freedom of Information Act requests, according to federal law enforcement officials in Newark and Washington.”

And then in June, in an equally serious allegation, the paper says “when F.B.I. agents and prosecutors gathered to set a date for the arrests of more than 40 targets of a corruption and money-laundering probe, Ms. Brown alone argued for the arrests to be made before July 1. She later told colleagues that she wanted to ensure that the arrests occurred before Mr. Christie’s permanent successor took office, according to three federal law enforcement officials briefed on the conversation, presumably so that Mr. Christie would be given credit for the roundup.”

Brown has since left the prosecutor’s office.

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Ex-U.S. Atty. Christie Failed to Report $46,000 Loan to Top Aide

When you run as a law and order guy, when the issues are public corruption in New Jersey, every little bit of news like this hurts.

Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

By DAVID M. HALBFINGER
New York Times

In 2007, while he was New Jersey’s ranking federal prosecutor, Christopher J. Christie – now the Republican candidate for governor – lent one of his top aides $46,000. But he failed to report the loan as required under federal and state ethics rules.

The aide, Michele A. Brown, borrowed the money from Mr. Christie while he was United States attorney for New Jersey and she was his executive assistant and counsel, according to mortgage records in Morris County, N.J.

Ms. Brown was promoted to first assistant United States attorney after Mr. Christie resigned last December to begin his campaign for governor.

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House Panel Spars With Ex-N.J. U.S. Atty. Chris Christie Who Awarded Lucrative Contract to ex-Boss Ashcroft

The lucrative contract Christie approved has raised plenty eyebrows and some voices on Capitol Hill. No matter who’s right, one thing is for certain: Christie doesn’t need this type of publicity while he runs for New Jersey governor. And  oh yes, Democrats would prefer this doesn’t go away.

Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

By KIMBERLY HEFLING
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A former U.S. attorney and New Jersey’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Thursday defended an arrangement in which one-time Attorney General John Ashcroft’s consulting firm made millions of dollars monitoring a controversial deferred prosecution agreement.

In a sometimes tense exchange with congressional Democrats, Chris Christie told the House Judiciary Committee that the choice of Ashcroft was acceptable to the company, Zimmer Holdings Inc. But the testimony from Christie, who once worked for Ashcroft, was at odds with e-mails that surfaced before the hearing that showed the company was unhappy with the fees it had to pay Ashcroft’s firms.

In one e-mail, Christie said he was “disappointed” by the firm’s complaints about the fees to Ashcroft’s firm and said “we can’t afford to be distracted.”

Ashcroft’s consulting firm stood to make $28 million to $52 million or more for 18 months of work monitoring a hip and knee replacement manufacturer accused of giving kickbacks to doctors.

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Christie testifies about the selection of Ashcroft