The request could add to the list of headaches for Christie, who
critics say has used political bullying to further his agenda.
The letter was sent to a legislative committee currently
investigating lane closures at the George Washington Bridge
connecting northern New Jersey and New York City, which caused four
days of traffic jams and was allegedly an act of political
retaliation against a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Republican
That scandal, along with an accusation by Hoboken's Democratic mayor
that the governor's office linked Superstorm Sandy financial aid to
the mayor's support of a development project, has dogged the
governor. Christie has widely been considered a potential 2016
The letter from former Hunterdon County prosecutor Charles Ouslander
is dated Tuesday and was first reported on Friday by the online news
publication NJ Spotlight.
In 2010, Hunterdon County's Republican Sheriff Deborah Trout and two
deputies were the subject of a 43-count indictment, which included
allegations of improper hiring practices and making fake police
badges for a Christie donor.
Within months, however, Christie's attorney general, Paula Dow, had
the indictment thrown out and fired the prosecutor who brought it,
according to a New York Times story last year detailing a lawsuit
filed by the prosecutor who was terminated.
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Ouslander, also a former Hunterdon County prosecutor, said in his
letter that he believed Dow's actions were "unlawful and, from my
vantage point, obviously influenced by improper political
Ouslander could not immediately be reached for comment. An email to
Christie's spokesmen did not get an immediate response.
"The committee will review the letter but remains focused on
questions surrounding the George Washington Bridge matter," the
co-chairs of the committee, Democratic Senator Loretta Weinberg and
Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski, said in a joint statement on
(Reporting by Hilary Russ; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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