The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported that Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie has been asked to testify “at a hearing next week on reforming corporate fraud settlements like the one that allowed Christie to award a lucrative monitoring contract to his former boss, ex-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.” Christie, a former U.S. attorney during the Bush administration, awarded Ashcroft a $28-52 million dollar no-bid contract in the fall of 2007. Although Christie told reporters, “if I get some type of formal invitation from the group I’ll consider it in light of my schedule and respond appropriately,” Christie actually received an official invitation to testify last week:
However, a copy of the letter sent to Christie by Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Michigan) is dated May 5. In the letter, Conyers invites Christie to testify May 19 and to provide the committee with an advance copy of his written testimony.
Christie also doled out “a multi-million-dollar, no bid contract to an ex-federal prosecutor who declined to criminally prosecute Christie’s brother on stock fraud charges two years earlier.”