Day 3 of the Christie loan story, and if you thought the Dems were a bit muted in their initial response – well, that has changed.
Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell called for a federal investigation of Christie.
DSC Chair Joe Cryan filed an ELEC compliant against Christie for his nascent April mis-filing which did not declare the 5.5% interest as income
Tom Shea from the Corzine campaign asked again for travel records and other information related to Michele Brown’s tenure within the US Attorney’s office. The campaign actually filed a FOIA request several months ago.
And Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Loretta Weinberg asked how it was possible that Christie took out a $46,000 lien on Brown’s property and received $500 checks each month but somehow failed to disclose it.
It’s an interesting strategy on the part of the Dems. They let the story build for a coupla days – merely holding their fire. But today as some of the papers backed off they “unleashed hell” just like Russel Crowe said in that scene in “Gladiator” when the solders release the fire-tipped arrows in unison.
For his part, Christie stayed away from reporters. We were told by the campaign that there would be no availability today. Although apparently, the Star-Ledger’s Josh Margolin did manage to get a question answered about the latest unemployment figures which show NJ going up last month to 9.3%.
I suppose if I were in charge of the Christie campaign I would also keep him out of the news in the hopes of snuffing out the fire, but there are still some lingering questions and he will have to face reporters eventually. For example, would he refinance the loan or do something to wrap it up quickly if he were elected Governor? The campaign said today that Christie was “pretty clear” that he doesn’t see a conflict yesterday when he did candidly answer a barrage of reporter questions. But what changes if you win? That is the $46,000 ( hehe ) question, and it wasn’t specifically answered yesterday or today.
We are also trying to find out what exactly Christie’s relationship is with Mike Guadagno. the husband of Kim who is Christie’s running mate. Christie and Gudagno-the-man overlapped at the US Attorney’s office. Mike Gudagno is now a judge. Was their parting of ways amicable?
So where does the story go from here? Well, there was certainly a fair amount of Democratic piling on today, which I suppose is inevitable when the Christie campaign refuses to talk and the Dems have majorities in both houses with control of the Guv’s office. There is probably no shortage of “new developments” that the Dems can leak to ( what is left of ) the local media over the next several days. We’ll just have to see what sticks.