NJ Politics Digest: Bridgegate’s Not the Only Scandal Haunting Christie’s AG Hopes

Instead of Bridgegate, Politico reports that it's another Christie scandal that should have people worried about how an Attorney General Christie might handle the Mueller investigation.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Think former Gov. Chris Christie and you’re likely to think about Bridgegate, the petty dirty political trick that doomed the former New Jersey governor’s presidential hopes.

Though allegedly tying up traffic on the George Washington Bridge might be enough to prevent Christie from landing a job in the Trump administration, Politico reports that it’s another Christie scandal that should have people worried about how he might handle the Mueller investigation as Attorney General.

The report reminds people of the $1.5 million settlement the Christie administration paid to a former assistant Hunterdon County prosecutor who claimed he’d been fired after bringing charges against the then-governor’s allies.

Former Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn tells Politico that if Christie is nominated, the Senate should examine how Christie’s politics influenced the ways in which he used his power as both governor and as a federal prosecutor.

Politico reports that Barlyn was an assistant prosecutor when his office indicted then-county sheriff, Deborah Trout and two of her subordinates on official misconduct and other charges.

The state Attorney General’s Office later took over the county prosecutors office and had a judge dismiss the indictments, according to the report.

Barlyn contends the move was politically motivated and came straight from Christie’s office, according to Politico.

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NJ Politics Digest: Bridgegate’s Not the Only Scandal Haunting Christie’s AG Hopes