Brian Thompson from NBC-4 earlier today asked Governor Corzine about questions being raised about US Attorney Chris Christie. Presumably this may run on tonight’s news.
- Brian Thompson: “Governor, on this U.S. attorney situation going on right now, there have been some intimations, including by a columnist for the New York Times, wondering if what Chris Christie did right before this past election – subpoenaing certain records having to deal with Senator Menendez may have been the manifestation of the politicization that is being seen elsewhere in the government. How much of a concern do you have that indeed your choice for U.S. Senate may have been caught in the greater web of White House politics?”
Gov. Corzine: “First, I think I’ve said – almost as often as I have on other subjects that I think what the U.S. attorney is doing with regard to official corruption in the State of New Jersey is an important contribution to making sure that people serve the public’s interest, not their own. I think that he has been a very positive element of that. As I said at the time, I didn’t think the timing was…it was awkward timing. And I still think it was awkward timing. But I don’t think that is indicative of the politicization, but I thought it was awkward. You have your choice of whether you wanted to wait 60 days or not, and that’s, that’s a choice he made. But my own view is that he has been a very positive contributor to how we have stemmed…”
Brian Thompson: “But you’re not ready to say though that the hand of the White House may have been involved?”
Gov. Corzine: “I would have no reason to know. I don’t know whether the U.S. attorney has had conversations about that. You’ll have to ask him, not me. I don’t…I haven’t been invited into Karl Rove’s office or other people’s offices, so I don’t…I would have no reason to know.”
It’s good to see reporters are starting to ask questions, though I’m not sure what’s gained from asking Corzine. Hopefully they’re also asking similar questions of others.