During the 2009 Governor's race in New Jersey, we were introduced to Christie's unethical behavior as demonstrated during his time as United States Attorney for New Jersey. In 2007 Christie used his position as US Attorney to return a favor to his former boss John Ascroft (United States Attorney General, 2001-2005). Christie appointed Ashcroft's law firm to preside over the monitoring of an organization that was involved in a federal case that Christie prosecuted. The company in question was accused of giving high dollar kickbacks to surgeons, in exchange for their promotion and exclusive use of the company's knee and hip replacement devices. Many felt that this was a case that should have been fully prosecuted, forcing the company to pay fines for the fraud that they committed and ultimately shut their doors. This was not a case that should have been settled, and Christie did just that. The settlement resulted in a $52M payday for his buddy's firm.
Christie also acted unethically when he decided to return another favor versus criminally prosecuting pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers. Christie made a backdoor deal that allowed the company to avoid prosecution in exchange for their financial contributions to Seton Hall University. Governor Chris Christie is a 1987 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law. Are we seeing the pattern here?? Uphold loyalty at all costs.
If this is your personal mantra and the people in your inner circle understand that this is how you think, it should come as no surprise that the people in Governor Christie's cabinet and administration have been practicing this very behavior, on his behalf.
A few weeks ago, we had "BRIDGE-GATE" and Governor Christie expressed utter disgust for Bridget Kelly and her executing of the lane closures. He didn't sleep, eat or talk to anyone, because he was so distraught over Ms. Kelly's acts, which were labeled as "stupid" to him. In his two-hour plus press conference, he "accepted responsibility" and told us that we all misunderstood him, because he was actually a teddy-bear and NOT a bully. Okay.
Well Ladies and Gentleman, Governor Christie already had 99 problems and the Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, Dawn Zimmerman just became another one........
MSNBC Interview - Dawn Zimmer w/Steve Kornacki (Full Video):
Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration warned a New Jersey mayor earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a lucrative redevelopment plan favored by the governor, according to the mayor and emails and personal notes she shared with msnbc.