Feb 14 A former New Jersey prosecutor has asked
state lawmakers to investigate the dismissal of an indictment
against a sheriff who had ties to Governor Chris Christie's
The request could add to the list of headaches for Christie,
who critics say has used political bullying to further his
The letter was sent to a legislative committee currently
investigating lane closures at the George Washington Bridge
connecting northern New Jersey and New York City, which caused
four days of traffic jams and was allegedly an act of political
retaliation against a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse
Republican Christie's re-election.
That scandal, along with an accusation by Hoboken's
Democratic mayor that the governor's office linked Superstorm
Sandy financial aid to the mayor's support of a development
project, has dogged the governor. Christie has widely been
considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
The letter from former Hunterdon County prosecutor
Charles Ouslander is dated Tuesday and was first reported on
Friday by the online news publication NJ Spotlight.
In 2010, Hunterdon County's Republican Sheriff Deborah Trout
and two deputies were the subject of a 43-count indictment,
which included allegations of improper hiring practices and
making fake police badges for a Christie donor.
Within months, however, Christie's attorney general, Paula
Dow, had the indictment thrown out and fired the prosecutor who
brought it, according to a New York Times story last year
detailing a lawsuit filed by the prosecutor who was terminated.
Ouslander, also a former Hunterdon County prosecutor, said
in his letter that he believed Dow's actions were "unlawful and,
from my vantage point, obviously influenced by improper
Ouslander could not immediately be reached for comment. An
email to Christie's spokesmen did not get an immediate response.
"The committee will review the letter but remains focused on
questions surrounding the George Washington Bridge matter," the
co-chairs of the committee, Democratic Senator Loretta Weinberg
and Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski, said in a joint
statement on Friday.