Congressman calls for federal investigation of Christie
By Max Pizarro | August 18th, 2009 - 5:02pm
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U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) today urged federal authorities to investigate GOP gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie for failing to report a $46,000 loan he gave U.S. Attorney underling Michele Brown.

"Add this to the growing list of Christie's capers," said Pascrell. "Is it mere coincidence that Mr. Christie's personal life is again in conflict with his public obligations? A prosecutor at his level should know that once he gave that loan, no matter how well-intended it was, it changed the relationship between Mr. Christie and Ms. Brown. We have a right to know to what extent it changed. At the very least, this is a conflict of interest."

A self-professed fan of the former U.S. Attorney's until the 2006 U.S. Senate election when news leaked from Christie's office about a probe of property owned by U.S. Sen. (and candidate for reelection) Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken), Pascrell has also been on Christie's case about the latter's oversight of deferred prosecution agreements when he served as U.S. Attorney.

Two years ago, Pascrell called for investigations into Christie's awarding a  potentially $52 million no-bid contract to a firm owned by former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with Zimmer Holdings.

Following the New York Times' story today about Christie not reporting the loan to Brown, Pascrell added his own outrage to that of Menendez, who last week suggested the Senate Judiciary Committee examine Christie's phone conversations with Bush political mastermind Karl Rove, which Christie admitted he had while serving as U.S. Attorney.

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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

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