Lautenberg says DOJ ‘must initiate an investigation’ into Michele Brown matter

New Jersey’s senior U.S. Senator has called for a Justice Department investigation into whether former First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown aided former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s gubernatorial candidacy when she was still at the office.

“It is shocking to learn that a former deputy to Chris Christie was conducting a political campaign within the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) in a statement. “It was particularly distressing that this raw political agenda came into an office with a historic reputation for fair and unbiased dispensation of justice, and Ms. Brown went so far as to try to bring political campaign objectives into the planning of law enforcement actions. The Department of Justice must initiate an investigation into this matter.”

The New York Times broke the story on its Web site last night, citing three unnamed federal law enforcement officials who claimed that Brown wanted to move up the date of the July corruption sting to ensure Christie got credit for it, and was more involved in dealing with the Corzine campaign’s Freedom of Informaiton Act requests than previously disclosed.

Lautenberg was the main booster for the appointment of New Jersey’s new U.S. Attorney, Paul Fishman, who was sworn in last week.

”I am confident that with its new leader in place, the U.S. Attorney’s office will meet its obligation to enforce the law with integrity and fairness – free from political interference,” he said.

Lautenberg says DOJ ‘must initiate an investigation’ into Michele Brown matter