NJ Politics Digest: Chris Christie’s Twitter Account Raises Questions

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Chris Christie. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

He’s got a career as a TV commentator and attorney, but former Gov. Chris Christie seems to be having a hard time letting go of the past, at least when it comes to Twitter.

The Record reports that Christie’s preferred social media profile is the “official Twitter account of the 55th Governor of New Jersey.”

The problem is that the state doesn’t have access to Christie’s Twitter or Facebook accounts, according to the report. And none of Christie’s social media posts or messages have been archived, according to the report. That’s important, since the posts may be government records, since Christie used social media as an official way to promote policies and communicate with the public. However, this is a grey area, since the state doesn’t have a social media policy for government accounts. There is also no policy on archiving social media material.

Open policy advocates told the newspaper that the lack of a policy shows just how far behind New Jersey is in ensuring its records policies keep pace with changes in technology.

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