Pascrell calls on Christie to focus on his ‘day job’

Gov. Chris Christie should be in New Jersey taking care of state issues instead of attending a fundraising in Massachusetts, says Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ)

The federal lawmaker, speaking to reporters on a conference call with Massachusetts Democratic officials, blasted the governor for traveling to a fundraiser with former presidential candidate Mitt Romney instead of being “focused on his day job.”

“What I’m saying is he needs to spend a lot more time here back in New Jersey,” Pascrell said. “We have serious problems.”

The congressman conceded Christie isn’t “a prisoner” and that he’s free to leave the state as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, but argued he’s doing little to solve the state’s problems.

Pascrell also said he believed the ongoing investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy will yield additional incriminating evidence against other administration officials.

“I think the worst is yet to come because there’s no darn reason to believe at all that each of the parties [involved] … thought of all these things on [their] own,” he said, referring to the bridge lane closure.

Pascrell joined the conference call with the Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman, Tom McGee, and with fellow federal lawmaker Congressman Mike Capuano (D-MA).

“Until this gets cleared up he should be at home,” said Capuano, adding the Bridgegate scandal is as about “low as you can get” in poltics.

“It has to be called out at every opportunity,” Capuano said. “It’s an embarrassment to have Gov. Christie in Massachusetts.”

Pascrell calls on Christie to focus on his ‘day job’