Vitale: Christie should say if he’ll ask Bush or Ashcroft for help

Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie should say if he will ask former President George Bush or former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to campaign for him or raise money for his campaign, says State Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge).

Appearing on a Fox morning show today, Christie said he would not ask former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez to campaign for him, but sidestepped questions about Bush or Ashcroft.

“He should answer the question,” said Vitale, the Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Christie was a top fundraiser for Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign before being named U.S. Attorney in 2001. After leaving the Justice Department, Ashcroft received a federal monitor contract from Christie that could net the ex-Attorney General more than $50 million in fees.

Christie has maintained that federal guidlines did not prohibit him from awarding the no-bid contract to Ashcroft, his former boss.

Vitale: Christie should say if he’ll ask Bush or Ashcroft for help