U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) and Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) today issued a statement indicating that former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s testimony next Thursday is long overdue.
“We welcome Mr. Christie’s willingness to finally answer for his decisions and his actions,” said Pascrell. “His use of DPAs has been covered in near secrecy with the only information indirect and incomplete. The partial disclosures have only triggered more questions. Mr. Christie is the only one who can provide the answers because he appears to have executed the agreements unilaterally with no guidelines and no standards of accountability.”
Pallone and Pascrell have legislation pending that was inspired by Christie’s hiring of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft for a lucrative federal monitoring contract.
Last year, Ashcroft testified about the contact in front of the House Judiciary Subcommitee on Administrative and Commercial Law. The exchange between him and the members was partisan and combative.
Pallone and Pascrell do not sit on the subcommittee, but plan to testify.
“We expect Mr. Christie to disclose more information than his former boss, John Ashcroft, revealed in last year’s hearing,” said Pallone. “Piecemeal disclosures about the selection and payment of monitors, as well as potential conflicts of interest, have added to the growing list of unanswered questions.”