Why Is It Important To Know Chris Christie's History?Submitted by barracuda_trader on Sun, 02/02/2014 - 08:36
Because He Is In Fact A Criminal Thug.
Big Boy at the Brink: Chris Christie and the Discipline of Fear
A culture of retribution made him a formidable candidate. Did it also undo his governorship and presidential ambitions?
Chris Christie first entered the public consciousness in December 2001 when President George W. Bush nominated him to be New Jersey’s only U.S. attorney. A big man with a big voice and big confidence and big opinions, Mr. Christie brushed aside concerns that, as someone who’d never prosecuted a case, his main qualification for the job was his acumen as a fundraiser for the Bush campaign. (President Bush, a devoted nicknamer, bestowed upon Mr. Christie the moniker Big Boy.) It didn’t matter. Mr. Christie was soon racking up convictions—and stirring fear in the hearts of both evildoers and those who had had the misfortune of being on the wrong side of the bombastic prosecutor.
Mr. Christie pioneered the tactic of deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), in which the government would agree not to prosecute a corporation if the target agrees to follow conditions the government sets, ranging from paying a fine to changing personnel to adopting new practices. To ensure that these conditions were met, Mr. Christie’s office recommended the appointment of “outside monitors” who would be paid handsomely for their service. Those facing the business end of unlimited subpoena power saw these DPAs as a shakedown. Whatever one’s point of view one thing was certain: Chris Christie understood leverage and exercised it.
In 2007, The Star-Ledger broke the news that John Ashcroft, the former attorney general who had been Mr. Christie’s boss at the DOJ, received a “$52 million payday” for serving as an outside monitor to medical device company Zimmer Holdings. Another DPA led to Bristol-Myers Squibb agreeing to spend $5 million to fund a business ethics program at Seton Hall University, where Mr. Christie had attended law school. And then there was the mother of all eyebrow-raising DPA paydays.
When the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, one of the largest medical schools in the country, was revealed in 2005 to be a veritable parking garage for politically connected no-show jobs, Mr. Christie tapped an old friend, mentor and predecessor, former New Jersey U.S. Attorney Herb Stern, to serve as the school’s federal monitor. Mr. Stern is a giant in New Jersey legal circles—he is the subject of the book Tiger In the Court—but his fees after his return to private practice had raised eyebrows. The former CEO of Qwest, Joseph Nacchio, alleged that Mr. Stern wildly overbilled him for “duplicative and unnecessary work,” including sending seven attorneys to attend a court appearance and even charging thousands for staff breakfasts, in-room movies and underwear. According to The New York Times, Mr. Stern’s firm “ultimately billed the state for more than $10 million.” A couple of days after Mr. Stern landed the contract, Mr. Christie hired Samuel Stern, the son of Herb Stern, despite what were reported by The Star-Ledger to be “objections from nearly every assistant U.S. attorney who interviewed him.” A couple days after that, Mr. Christie announced his own resignation as U.S. attorney.
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