More Christie Corruption: Chris Christie to be investigated
An Associated press release reported the NJ Senator Frank Lautenburg has called for an investigation of Chris Christie requesting a Chris Christie investigation for misusing his power as US Attorney General for political purposes.
The Senator Lautenberg’s call for an investigation of Chris Christie comes on the heals of months of complaints that Christie abused his power as Attorney General to bribe and extort his political opponents. That fact that he did so is not much of a secret, as newspapers have been questioning whether Christie was abusing his power to make a play for NJ Governor for years.
When Christie resigned from the US Attorney General’s officials close to him said they have long figured Christie would not announce his resignation and if possible political run in fell swoop. Instead they said Christie would resign in two step to avoid questions about whether he was engaged in political strategizing while running the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
It was wide reported long before Christie resigned that he would be run for Governor of NJ.
In 2006 Christie illegally leaked word that his office was aggressively investigating Senator Menedez just two months before the election. The investigation was over a rental deal that a House Ethics Committee had already investigated and given approval for.
Critics claimed the leak of Christie’s investigation was nothing more than an attempt by Christie to tarnish the Senator so he would not be elected. Mendendez was never charged with a crime and Christie’s charges against the Senator where found to be baseless and led to a widepsread consensus that Christie was politicizing his power.
In February of 2008 the New York Times, reported Christie was politicizing his power and asked for an investigation be made into Christie:
He began an investigation of Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, late in a hard-fought election campaign. The charges now appear baseless, but at the time the news provided a big boost to Mr. Menendez’s Republican opponent. Mr. Christie went against a long Justice Department presumption against opening investigations or bringing indictments right before an election, to avoid affecting the outcome.
During congressional testimony in July, longtime Bush advisor Karl Rove said he had conversations with Chris Christie about running for governor while Christie was serving in the non-political position of U.S. attorney. The conversation Christie had about running for Governor was in 2006 and is a direct violation of the Hatch Act.
Notably it was around the same time that Christie leaked news his investigation of Menedez that Christie violated the Hatch Act and spoke with Karl Rove about the running for Governor of NJ.
Once again the justice department will have to write new laws to outlaw what Christie has done over his career. Just like they had to in H.R 1947 in regard to Christie’s several multi-million dollar extortion scandals.
Either Christie is just extremely amoral or he feels that for some reason he is above the law and doesn’t need to follow the rules.
APNewsBreak: NJ senator calls for Christie probe
TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg is calling for a federal investigation into allegations that Chris Christie, the Republican candidate for governor, used his office for political gain while U.S. attorney.
The call for a Justice Department investigation follows months of accusations that Christie politicized the office of the top federal prosecutor.
Christie denies the charges.
However, he acknowledged having had conversations with Bush strategist Karl Rove about a possible run for governor. U.S. attorneys are barred from conducting political activity while in office.
Lautenberg, a Democrat, says it’s “shocking” that Christie appears to have conducted a political campaign from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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