PATERSON – They backed him in 2009.
But this year, the Elizabeth Board of Education heads toward Election Day hobbled by charges and indictments, a school lunch albatross draped about the once gleaming armaments of a fierce local political organization.
Two days ago, more state charges – obstruction of justice – dropped on a former Board of Ed member and the BOE’s attorneys.
“We’ll let the process take its course,” said Gov. Chris Christie. “You don’t deal with people as a monolith. You deal with individuals. If individual members want to endorse me, I’d be willing to discuss.” Not those who are facing charges, of course, he added – noting innocence until those charged individuals are proved guilty.
The governor noted his administration’s commitment to prosecuting anyone who breaks the law – including one-time political backers.
Attorney General Jeff Chiesa sat in the front row of the governor’s press conference, nodding acknowledgement as Christie added, “My charge to the attorney general was to do whatever he needs to do.”