Has Tom broken up with Chris? Will he go back to Jon? Or does he have eyes for Dick or Rob? Coming soon on “As Moran Turns.”

Has Tom broken up with Chris? Will he go back to Jon? Or does he have eyes for Dick or Rob? Coming soon on “As Moran Turns.”

The news of the day is a Tom Moran’s Star-Ledger column slamming U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie for giving his onetime boss, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, a huge piece of a no-bid contract as a court monitor that will pay between $29 million and $52 million over the next two years. Moran, widely viewed as an unabashed fan of Christie, the front runner for the 2009 Republican nomination for Governor, says that this particular deal “has an odor to it.”

From Moran: “But this is just the sort of conflict he has warned about for years. He gives speeches these days that come about a half-inch from being campaign stump speeches. The theme is that voters must show zero tolerance toward politicians with conflicts of interest. Only then, he says, will the state really clean itself up.”

Christie, Moran says, acted a little hurt by the close questioning. "You either trust me to have integrity or you don't," Moran says Christie told him.

Still, nearly two months after the news of Ashcroft’s contract broke, there is no comment from Democrats.

Has Tom broken up with Chris? Will he go back to Jon?  Or does he have eyes for Dick or Rob?  Coming soon on “As Moran Turns.”