Recipient of Christie Loan Resigns from U.S. Attorney Office
By Stephanie Woodrow | August 25, 2022 8:32 pm

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Michele A. Brown — the acting First Assistant U.S. Attorney for New Jersey and recipient of an unreported $46,000 loan from her former boss, Chris Christie — resigned Tuesday, NJ.com reported today. In her resignation letter, which took effect immediately, Brown wrote it has been an “honor and privilege” to serve, but she does not want to be “a distraction” for the office.

Christie, the Republican candidate for governor who has campaigned on a platform of ethics reform, has been under fire since the loan was revealed last week. He made the loan when he was the state’s U.S. Attorney, but he failed to report it on his income tax returns and his state and federal financial disclosure forms. Last week, Democratic state lawmakers called for Brown to be removed from any involvement in fulfilling a Freedom of Information Act request about Christie’s tenure as U.S. Attorney. The FOIA request was filed by Gov. Jon Corzine’s (D) campaign, whose supporters have questioned whether Christie allies in the office have secrectly worked to help his campaign.

In her letter, Brown wrote: “I am extraordinarily proud of all the work we have done and all the good we have accomplished on behalf of the people of this state,” adding, “I also know how important it is that we continue to pursue our mission, and I do not want to become a distraction from the critically important work we do.”

Christie issued the following statement:

“Michele Brown is a career prosecutor who has worked at the U.S. Attorney’s office for 18 years, serving both Democratic and Republican presidents. Michele’s long and distinguished record of public service is impressive, and during that time she’s shown herself to be a fair and respected federal prosecutor by judges, adversaries and her peers. Her efforts have been instrumental to all the success the U.S. Attorney’s office has had and her work ethic, determination and outstanding legal background will be missed by all those she has worked with over the years. I know Michele will continue to be a success at whatever she chooses for her next challenge.”

The letter was address to acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra, who has been facing his own ethics issues in the recent weeks.

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