GOP gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie has been asked to testify at a May 19 congressional hearing on legislation to reform deferred prosecution agreements and the selection of federal monitors.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law will consider a bill sponsored by two New Jersey Democrats after Christie, a former U.S. Attorney, awarded lucrative federal monitor contracts to former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and to David Kelley, a former federal prosecutor in New York.
"The use of DPA's has multiplied many times over in recent years as a replacement for criminal prosecutions," said U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). "But there are no rules, no guidelines, no standards and no accountability."
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) says the subcommittee will hear the findings of the Government Accounting Office (GAO), the non-partisan the investigative arm of Congress. The GAO launched their investigation two months ago at the request of the Senate and House Judiciary chairmen.
"Questions and criticisms havebeen swirling around DPA's and the monitoring contracts and now we will start to get some answers," said Pallone. "If those who issued and received DPA contracts continue to stonewall, maybe the GAO investigation will provide the information we are looking for."
The hearing is set for next Tuesday, May 19 at 11AM in Washington. Also invited to testifyis University of Michigan Law Professor Vikramaditya S. Khanna, an expert on DPA's who recently conducted a study of 36 DPA contracts.