Curiouser and Curiouser

May 20, 2007

My homies at BlueJersey have been taking a close look at Chris Christie, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, and how he fits into the ongoing scandal of how the Bush administration has been trying to pervert law enforcement into yet another partisan weapon.

For a long time I thought Christie was one of the few Bush appointees — maybe even the only one — ready and willing to do his job fairly and conscientiously. Then came that much ballyhooed subpoena at the 11th hour of the cage-match Senate race between Bob Menendez and Tom Kean Jr. It stank of partisanship at the time and the smell has only gotten worse.

Follow the BlueJersey timeline:

  • In January 2006, Chris Christie was on a list of US Attorney’s who were being looked at for replacement.
  • In September 2006, in the midst of a hard-fought US Senate campaign being dominated by accusations of corruption, Chris Christie authorizes a last minute subpoena that plays into Tom Kean Jr.’s political attacks against Bob Menendez.
  • In November 2006, after the election is over, Chris Christie is taken off the list and allowed to keep his job.

The only defense Republican Christie can use for himself is that he was not told he was on the bubble, so he can say that he was never pressured by the Republican White House to implicate Democrat Menendez in a scandal in a way that assisted Republican Kean.

Of course, that defense means that the White House didn’t pressure Christie, and he took this action on his own without any prodding. In other words, he did not need to be prodded by the White House to do this, and as a result the White House decided to remove his name from the list.

Christie has bagged plenty of scalps from both parties during his tenure as U.S. Attorney, but it’s getting pretty hard not to conclude that when the chips are down, he’s ready to be just another good soldier in the GOP army. What a shame. It would have been nice to think that there was some corner of government that hadn’t been tainted by the moral squalor of the Bushies.

4 Responses to “Curiouser and Curiouser”

  1. DimStar Says:

    It still amazes me that so many Americans do not see the danger in a politically motivated justice department.

    In my own neck of the woods the Republican party was attempting to get the state constitution amended so that the election campaigns of judges could be financed by political parties.

    Thankfully, at the eleventh hour, enough of the citizens in my state saw through the window dressing and voted to keep our judges political affiliation free.

  2. Louise Says:

    Of course Christie’s name leapt to mind when the original story of “fired USAGs” came out. We were more curious about the guys that didn’t get canned – how did they earn their sinecures?

    In Christie’s case, it is not so much the trumped-up charges against Menendez. It is the fact that someone in Christie’s office leaked the sealed secret indictment to the Star-Ledger. I wonder how that happened. Could it be … Satan?

    The reporter from the Ledger will never reveal sources, of course, but I would love to see the emails between Christie and Sampson regarding the indictment and the subsequent leak. Certainly, as the leaking of the indictment is a felony, there is certainly grounds for investigation.

    Crush Christie politcally now, before he grows up to be a candidate for Governor.

  3. max Says:

    There is obviously a direct link between the Ledger and the USAG’s office. For example, any development in the UMDNJ investigation is in the papers long before the inormation is released to the public in the Monitor’s “monthly report”. As UMDNJ approaches its demise, the impending merger of the state universities will somehow serve the republican machine. any ideas?

  4. Scott Stiefel Says:

    You’ve got the Leonard Shelby motif; use that word too. Let it be a stylistic distinction. After all, it lays out what we’re dealing with a lot better than “Bushies.” And “Bushie” itself sounds like nothing more than a sweet, innocuous adjective synonymous with ‘fuzzy’. “Bushite” really hits your ear, and it has one of my favorite Anglicisms in it (e.g. “It’s shite being Scottish!”).

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