U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) once again stepped into the New Jersey gubernatorial race today, saying that Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie still would not answer his questions on deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs).
Cohen chairs the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, which in June grilled Christie over his use of DPAs in awarding firms of friends and political allies – including former Attorney General John Ashcroft — lucrative federal monitoring contracts.
Christie left the hearing before Democratic members were done questioning him, although he informed Cohen of the exact time he needed to leave well ahead of the meeting. Democrats then cut the footage of Christie leaving into a campaign commercial, and later requested that Christie answer further questions in writing.
Outside of the committee room, Christie called the meeting a “political circus.”
“While I am pleased that Mr. Christie has replied in writing to questions posed by Judiciary Committee Members after his testimony, his responses were regrettably incomplete,” said Cohen. “This is unfortunate given the circumstances of his abrupt departure from the hearing to conduct a press conference outside the hearing room.”
A copy of Christie’s responses was not immediately available.