NJ Politics Roundup: Christie accused of corruption in court; new Hoboken … – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com
TRENTON — In court Tuesday, a veteran prosecutor ousted by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration accused top administration officials of corruption.
Bennett A. Barlyn, a former prosecutor in Hunterdon County, also asked the judges to unseal confidential documents that he says back his claims.
NEW HOBOKEN ALLEGATIONS
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer threatened to fire Carmelo Garcia, director of the local housing authority, unless he agreed to hire politically connected contractors, a recently filed lawsuit claims.
REPORT: CHRISTIE’S BROTHER PROFITED FROM SALE
Christie’s brother was part of a group that bought properties near the Harrison PATH station before a $ 256 million renovation of the facility was publicly approved, according to a report by The Record.
Then, Todd Christie and his partners renovated and flipped the lots for almost triple their purchase price after the Port Authority signed off on the project, the report said.
LAWMAKERS ASK FOR SANDY PROBE
Two federal lawmakers called on the Obama administration to investigate New Jersey’s handling of Hurricane Sandy recovery funding.
Meanwhile, Christie has asked Obama to extend a Sandy housing assistance program.
And The Star-Ledger editorial board writes that evidence shows Christie used Sandy money as a political slush fund.
BRIDGE PANEL ATTORNEY HAS TIES TO DEMOCRATS
The firm that employs the attorney hired by the state committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal represented Democrats in both the 2001 and 2011 legislative redistricting efforts, according to state records.
Meanwhile, a new poll shows two-thirds of New Jersey voters say the accusations at the center of the bridge scandal go beyond typical politics in the state.
MORAN: A PATTERN EMERGES WITH CHRISTIE
In the wake of new allegations from NY/NJ Baykeeper, Star-Ledger political columnist Tom Moran writes that “each new story of (the Christie administration’) abuse of government authority reinforces the credibility of the next one.”
IN OTHER NEWS …
• A former lawyer for Christie has been installed as executive director of the state’s ethics watchdog agency.
• Murray Sabrin, a conservative activist and professor, said he is thinking about challenging U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.
• Christie and other officials are using the Super Bowl to bring attention to human trafficking. (See video above.)
• New Jersey parole officers failed to maintain regular contact with sex offenders and other ex-convicts who required monthly supervision, the state auditor said in a new report.
• More than a pay raise, New Jersey’s nurses want hospitals to address the growing problem of understaffingl, according to a survey released by the state’s largest health care union.
Star-Ledger staff writers Mike Frassinelli, Matt Friedman, Ryan Hutchins, David Giambusso, Jeff Goldman, Susan K. Livio, Tom Moran, Erin O’Neill, Jenna Portnoy, and Salvador Rizzo, and NJ.com reporter Darryl Isherwood contributed to this report.