A prominent New Jersey Democrat is urging the Justice Department to investigate whether Chris Christie used the U.S. Attorney’s office to conduct his campaign for governor.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg said it was “shocking” that former New Jersey Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown appeared to use her position to improperly help Christie’s campaign for governor, The Associated Press reported today.
The New York Times reported yesterday that the former Assistant U.S. Attorney was involved with processing a long-delayed Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Gov. Jon Corzine (D) campaign. The request included Brown’s travel records, which showed that Christie allowed Brown to stay at luxury hotels while on official travel.
Brown also argued for the arrests of public officials in a corruption sweep called Operation Bid Rig to occur before U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman took office, according to The Times. This was done “presumably so that Mr. Christie would be given credit for the roundup,” the newspaper said.
“It was particularly distressing that this raw political agenda came into an office with a historic reputation for fair and unbiased dispensation of justice, and Ms. Brown went so far as to try to bring political campaign objectives into the planning of law enforcement actions,” Lautenberg said in a statement.
Christie and Brown have denied the allegations.
Brown resigned in August shortly after Christie revealed that he gave a $46,000 loan to her.
Stephanie Woodrow contributed to this report.