Governor reacts to Christie news

Gov. Jon Corzine’sspokesmanreleased a statement today on the occasion of U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s announcement that he wouldresign effectve Dec. 1.

“The governor has been clear about the need to confront all of the challenges we face in the ethical environment as it exists in this state,” said Corzine Press SecretarySean Darcy.”Since President Bush appointed him U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie has been a strong contributing actor in those efforts. Now that change is before us, the governor looks forward to the quick appointment of a new U.S. Attorney by President-elect Obama and continued progress in taking on those challenges.”

Christie is a probable challenger to Corzine in the 2009 governor’s race.