Skip to comments.Justice Department Vendetta Against Republican Gov. Chris Christie?
Posted on 11/09/2010 9:18:27 AM PST by IbJensen
Inspector-generals report criticizes Christie's travel as U.S. attorney
Washington (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is raising his national political profile as a government cost-cutter, engaged in a pattern of abuse when he was U.S. attorney by billing taxpayers to stay at luxury hotels, the Justice Department's inspector general said .
The inspector general found that the Republican governor, who recently killed the construction of a new rail line to New York under the Hudson River, did not comply with federal travel regulations or provide acceptable justification for lodging costs that exceeded the government rate.
Christie was one of five U.S. attorneys singled out for criticism in the inspector general's review of U.S. attorney travel that exceeded the government lodging rate. Christie was the chief federal prosecutor for New Jersey from 2002 until Dec. 1, 2008, when he resigned to run for governor. He became governor last January.
While the amount of money involved in the review of Christie's travel vouchers is small, $2,176, the IG's report comes at a time when Christie's political star is rising as he focuses on reducing the cost of government.
The inspector general's report concluded that there were other examples of questionable travel by several other U.S. attorneys, but that those instances "were not part of a pattern of abuse like those described" in the section of the report on the five U.S. attorneys.
Christie is the first Republican elected New Jersey governor in a dozen years. He was a sought-after guest on the GOP campaign trail during the midterm elections.
Christie has left the door open for a 2016 presidential run. On Sunday, he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he was "going to need a job" after 2013. He added: "So maybe it will be that. Who knows?"
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Two or more years after the fact when these receipts were submitted & accepted by the controlling authorities we now have Obama/Holder team trying to smear the Gov. of NJ. This is such petty politics, such Democrat hate inspired BS as to almost be funny.
Gov. Christie no longer works for the Federal Gov't, the Justice Dept & their IGs & Auditors failed to comment on, refuse to accept or in any other way try & recoup what are now being called inappropriate expense vouchering during his employment or at his cashiering out. Another example of some Democrat haters and some 20/20 hindsight being used to try & smear a political rival.
INVESTIGATE HOLDER! INVESTIGATE HIS CLEARLY CORRUPT STAFF AS WELL.
Holder clean up your own house!
Is this really a good week to be bringing this up with O reting the Taj Mahal?
A couple of thugs stand in front of a polling location and threaten voters. No problem.
This is the Eric Holder Injustice Department.
It is pretty obvious Chicago thug politics and payback for Christie cancelling the tunnel project in NJ. You can also expect to see a ton more of this as Obama tries to secure his re-election. Prospective candidate after prosepective candidate will be under investigation from the Justass Department.
I take heart in the fact that Mr. Holder is going to need a cushion for the seat he will be occupying in front of Congress. I can’t wait to see his face when the reality sets in that he is the one under investigation.
If Christie did wrong, he should be dealt with, but not by this corrupt justice department.
With Moochelle and hubby spending billions on travel, Holder picks on Christi for this??? The Judicial Committee under Lamar Smith really needs to call him on the carpet for his partisan witch hunts and dereliction of duty based on his racism.
Of course, this is so blatant that no one will be fooled and Christi will beat the snot out of that dipwad, Holder, in the arena of public opinion.
This is just pay-back for his stellar attack on the SEIU teachers union.
Unfortunate for Christie, to be such a flawed individual who comes after a paragon of virtue like Corzine. Thank heaven we have the sterling Obama/Holder Justice Dept. to ferret out any and all corruption in the public interest.
Issa had better start lining up proof ASAP, and start the hearings in January while Obama is still on the ropes.
I think it is as clear as day that the Zero Admin is nothing more than a Rico organization.
Nothing but the best for The King of America.
The article didn't name the other four, but I have my suspicions that they were likely all Republicans.
This is just pay-back for his stellar attack on the SEIU teachers union.
Precisely. Another attack on another strong potential POTUS.
“Cut down the tall poppies”, as the Tyrant of Syracuse said.
Wouldn’t it be fun to plant bed bugs in the POTUS linens?
Christie is to big of a man to care.
What a guy!
We need more principled people like him.
These allegations go back almost eight years, and the most recent are two years old. If Christie was over-compensated for travel expenses, why did it take so long for this to be dealt with? It should have been dealt with immediately by whoever processed the paperwork. Even then, it’s small potatoes, especially compared to Obama’s extravagent travel expenses. This smells like a political hit job.
2002 - 2008 = 6 years
$2,176/6 = $362.67/yr
LOL! I'm so glad to know that the Obama/Holder Justice Department has focused their laser beam-like attention on such important matters!
Maybe the bedbugs will get him.
But! Isn’t that what the Justice Dept, the IRS, the FDA, and the FCC supposed to be doing? you know, being used by the facist Obama cabinet to search out and destroy their ‘enemies’.
BTW, if that is true, then they are going to be very busy.
With this article, the attack on the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates officially kicks off.
If I were Christie I’d mail the feds and check for $2,100 and enclose a note to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.
Kinda stuffy, dont you think?
The big question is, if Holder does shred evidence, will the Republicans hold him accountable?
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This article reminds me of a pet peeve I have had for a long time when it comes to sourcing articles.
The article covered here is an AP article running on CNS’s website. Just like any other site that runs AP articles (including Fox) it would seem to me to be imperative that the sourcing by posters should read “AP Via CNS.com” or the more complete “Associated Press Via CNS.com”
Personally I wish that sites like Fox and CNS wouldn’t run any articles put out by AP, certainly none that don’t pass a reasonable objectivity smell test. This one does not.
The article mentions what seems to be a reasonably paltry amount covering a six year period. The article doesn’t breakdown what apparent threshold was violated. The article doesn’t answer the question of why this supposed newsworthy subject is coming out at a minimum of two years after the fact. The article does not list the other four violators and/or their transgressions. And I’m sure I could list more if necessary.
The lack of completeness leaves one with only one conclusion - this is a basic leftist hit piece.
“Chris Christie, who is raising his national political profile as a government cost-cutter, engaged in a pattern of abuse when he was U.S. attorney by billing taxpayers to stay at luxury hotels, the Justice Department’s inspector general said .”
I’ll bet he didn’t spend $200,000,000 a day.
Cost over-runs of $300/yr. That’s one night stay in a NYC hotel.
How much did this report cost to research, compose and publish? Several times $2,000 is my bet.
What we need to explain is that Unions and Liberals are the mortal enemy.
Let's get 'er going Congressman Issa - get these bastards under a blistering, wide-ranging anal-probe-of-an-investigation AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
I traveled often while a federal service employee. When my voucher showed receipts for expenses greater than the maximum allowable in accordance with the federal Joint Travel Regulation (JTR), I was reimbursed only the maximum amount allowed.
If a payment clerk payed out more than what was allowed in the JTR to Attorney C, he/she was the one who made an error.
INVESTIGATE HOLDER! INVESTIGATE HIS CLEARLY CORRUPT STAFF AS WELL. “””
Meanwhile, Gerald Walpin, fired without notice by NObama for discovering fraud & waste in the Sacramento school run by kevin johnson- a buddy of Moooochelle’s brother, Craig Robinson, still cannot get a case before the courts over his firing.
NObama himself sponsored the bill pertaining to giving adequate notice to any Inspector General who was in trouble. The he dismissed Walpin without any notice.
Walpin deserves his day in court.
This smells like a political hit job.
Ofcourse it is. In some areas/cities no hotel rates are as low as the per diem rate allowed by government. I’m sure in those cases when paying the higher rate is necessary one only needs to justify the higher rate. The fact that he was reimbursed negates these charges. The time to challenge an expense account submission is when submitted, not years later.
Christie’s travel vouchers is small, $2,176
The room tax on Obama’s accommodations is more than that for one night.
if Holder does shred evidence, will the Republicans hold him accountable?
If they can prove the shred it’d be obstruction of justice.
NO, NO, NO, please God NO!
Admitting any error here in any way loses this fight. Gingrich admitted to a clerical error and lost. Delay is still fighting out from under the mud slinging. Palin managed to side step it. Give them any reason to continue pointing this out as an error on Christie's part and even more mud will fly.
Whatever reason the bureaucracy found to ok the expense back then is still valid today. Don't look back.
This stuff is really small potatoes. It's not like you can always find a Motel 6 room available when expected to report to your boss in DC.
This is a great big joke in comparison to Barack and Michelle's Excellent Adventure in India.
Christie, cut them a check for $2500 and take this issue away from them, permanently. DOnate the extra dough to a charity.
Ia this normal? To use the government for politics I mean other than the Clinton's and fileGate.
Since the 2012 campaign started last week (that’s how I view it- right after the mid-terms), this comes off as ever more political than if it had been done a year ago. Chis Christie is obviously a man to watch and he has them scared. I hope he deals with this appropriately.
And, of course, Christie didn’t try to hide anything. He submitted honest reimbursement reports which were approved. If they weren’t happy with his expenses, they should have denied some of them or talked to him at the time.
Admit error and it takes the issue away? No it doesn't, it blows the issue up to an issue of admitted corruption.
Make the issue one of corruption on the part of the investigators. Because that's the truth, and that's the only way it will go away.
Yep look at this
“The lack of completeness leaves one with only one conclusion - this is a basic leftist hit piece.”
Precisely why we need to have such articles posted, so as you did we can have the opportunity to come to the conclusion as well that it IS a hit piece.