West New York Mayor Felix Roque was arrested today by the FBI for computer hacking against an anti-Roque website. Since it was a political act that makes it political corruption.
Back when Chris Christie was US Attorney this kind of thing was right in his wheelhouse. He loved nailing elected officials, and in particular Democrats like Roque, for official misconduct.
The difference here is that Roque has been a Christie supporter and endorsed Republican State Senator Joe Kyrillos against Democratic US Senator Robert Menendez. Kyrillos is a long-time supporter of Christie’s who as the state GOP leader helped Christie get his job as US Attorney after Christie and his family donated close to a million dollars to various Republican organs. Including ~$100,000 to the state GOP Kyrillos led.
According to PolitickerNJ.com, Roque is blaming the investigation on “political payback for his defiance of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO).”
That means Roque has accused the FBI officers who work with the US Attorney’s office of a politically motivated investigation at the behest of Senator Menendez.
Christie regularly claimed that he did not target Democrats and his proof was the apolitical staff of the US Attorney’s office and the FBI. He was adamant that he was incapable of using his office for political gain because of the integrity and honesty of these professional staff. This is despite the large quantity of smoke that suggested he was able to work around them.
Now that Christie and Kyrillos supporter Roque has accused these same professionals of political misconduct, will Chris Christie stand up and state categorically that this is not politically motivated payback by Bob Menendez?
Or will Christie let the FBI and US Attorney staff twist in the wind under these allegations just so that Bob Menedez can be smeared again.
Christie’s own past dropping a subpoena on Menendez during an election six years ago indicates he will let the staff twist.