Christie began the week with a conference call Monday to answer reporters’ questions. This is a tough format for the press since follow-up questions are hard to get in.
On Tuesday up in Ringwood, Christie came face to face with the press for the first time in a week. We asked a couple of lingering questions that we hadn’t had a chance to ask over these last several days regarding that $46,000 loan to Michele Brown.
Christie had said that the whole front office knew about it. Today he clarified that saying the “whole front office” is ( besides him and Brown ) Acting US Attorney Ralph Marra and District Office Security Manager Charles McKenna. He added that they are still very close and continue to “talk all the time.”
We also asked Christie if being elected Governor would prompt him to refinance the loan or seek to have it paid off to avoid the appearance of a conflict…and he responded that we’d “have to ask Michele.”
I have emailed Brown a couple of times but haven’t heard back…and was told today by the US Attorney’s spokesman that no comment would be made through them since the loan is a private matter.
Last week, Democratic LT. Governor candidate Loretta Weinberg told NJN News that if the loan does not get paid off, Brown should consider resigning. ( Again, I’d love to ask Brown to respond but she won’t call me back. )
We also asked Christie about a rumour that he was in Minnesota last year during the Republican National Convention. He responded with a terse “no.” But when asked if he was in Minnesota at all last Summer, Christie paused and said that his wife has clients there, so he has been a couple of times but does not recall what month or year. He said he would check and get back to us.