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Chris Christie Facing New Criminal Investigation Related To Fired Prosecutor

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has not been having a good week. While traveling abroad he stoked controversy by pandering to the anti-vaccination crowd and was exposed as wasting taxpayer money on extravagant travel that put him in potentially compromising positions with firms that had business before the state.

Now it has been revealed that Governor Christie is under a new criminal investigation for abuse of power regarding the firing of a prosecutor who voiced concerns about dismissing a case against Christie’s political allies. The case had been simmering for years as the fired prosecutor, Bennett Baryln, publicly claimed he had been fired for political reasons.

This marks at least three publicly known federal criminal investigations of the Christie Administration joining investigations related to the illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge (“Bridgegate”) and allegations that Christie’s office tried to strong-arm the mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, into supporting a lucrative redevelopment project that would benefit Christie allies and donors. There is also an investigation by the state of New York into alleged fraud in bond documents concerning the use of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey funds to repair the Pulaski Skyway.

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as members of his administration, a man at the center of the investigation told ABC News. The U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has interviewed former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn, who claims he was fired because he objected to Christie officials dismissing indictments against political allies of the governor

Barlyn was dismissed from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office in September 2010 and later brought a whistleblower case against the Christie administration that currently is in the discovery phase. He has consistently said he was fired for objecting to the quashing of indictments against the county’s sheriff and two subordinates — all political supporters of Christie’s.The governor’s office previously has dismissed the accusations as being “conspiratorial nonsense.”

The news comes as Christie is trying to rally support for a 2016 presidential campaign. Outside of billionaire Home Depot founder Ken Langone, Christie’s support appears to be quite limited. Never loved by the base and losing establishment support to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Christie’s path to the GOP nomination (let alone the White House) is increasingly narrowing.

It’s also likely that there will be indictments and trials of former Christie Administration officials announced before the New Hampshire primary guaranteeing that the Christie campaign will have to devote a good deal of its time discussing why – despite so much apparent corruption and ineffectiveness – Christie is qualified to lead the country. Talk about being stuck in neutral.

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Chris Christie Facing New Criminal Investigation Related To Fired Prosecutor

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has not been having a good week. While traveling aboard he stoked controversy by pandering to the anti-vaccination crowd and was exposed as wasting taxpayer money on extravagant travel that put him in potentially compromising positions with firms that had business before the state.

Now it has been revealed that Governor Christie is under a new criminal investigation for abuse of power regarding the firing of a prosecutor who voiced concerns about dismissing a case against Christie’s political allies. The case had been simmering for years as the fired prosecutor, Bennett Baryln, publicly claimed he had been fired for political reasons.

This marks at least three publicly known federal criminal investigations of the Christie Administration joining investigations related to the illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge (“Bridgegate”) and allegations that Christie’s office tried to strong-arm the mayor of Hoboken, Dawn Zimmer, into supporting a lucrative redevelopment project that would benefit Christie allies and donors. There is also an investigation by the state of New York into alleged fraud in bond documents concerning the use of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey funds to repair the Pulaski Skyway.

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as members of his administration, a man at the center of the investigation told ABC News. The U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has interviewed former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn, who claims he was fired because he objected to Christie officials dismissing indictments against political allies of the governor

Barlyn was dismissed from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office in September 2010 and later brought a whistleblower case against the Christie administration that currently is in the discovery phase. He has consistently said he was fired for objecting to the quashing of indictments against the county’s sheriff and two subordinates — all political supporters of Christie’s.The governor’s office previously has dismissed the accusations as being “conspiratorial nonsense.”

The news comes as Christie is trying to rally support for a 2016 presidential campaign. Outside of billionaire Home Depot founder Ken Langone, Christie’s support appears to be quite limited. Never loved by the base and losing establishment support to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Christie’s path to the GOP nomination (let alone the White House) is increasingly narrowing.

It’s also likely that there will be indictments and trials of former Christie Administration officials announced before the New Hampshire primary guaranteeing that the Christie campaign will have to devote a good deal of its time discussing why – despite so much apparent corruption and ineffectiveness – Christie is qualified to lead the country. Talk about being stuck in neutral.

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.