While Chris Christie remains in the hunt — if not necessarily the running — for some sort of appointment in the Trump Administration, a key New Jersey Republican legislator has joined the push for a special prosecutor to investigate Christie over the “Bridgegate”-related abuses of power stemming from the September 2013 access lane closings, according to this recent report.
According to longtime Democratic state legislator, the progressive State Senator Raymond Lesniak, GOP state senator Jennifer Beck has agreed to co-sponsor a bill requiring the appointment of a special prosecutor for the sitting Governor if he is subject to a criminal complaint and a judge finds probable cause exists for the case to proceed. Beck’s district is a heavily Republican area in Monmouth County, NJ but she is considered a moderate and a target in the next State Senate election which is next year.
Recently, a Bergen County, NJ municipal judge sitting in the town of Fort Lee (where the infamous lane closures leading to the George Washington Bridge occurred) found the precise such probable cause to be present, and allowed a citizen’s complaint against Christie to proceed.
The New Jersey prosecutorial structure can be rife with conflicts of interest, because the Governor appoints the state Attorney General and all county prosecutors, and nominates all judges who must be confirmed by the state legislature.