On a conference call with reporters just now, the Christie camp tried to hammer Jon Corzine over potential political conflicts from his charitable donations -- and ended up getting grilled by reporters about whether Michele Brown, Christie's former aide in the U.S. Attorney's office, may have been illegally helping his campaign.
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This came after a Star-Ledger report that Corzine had donated $87,000, from his charitable foundation and his own personal accounts, to the church of Rev. Reginald Jackson in Orange, New Jersey. Jackson denies that his endorsement of Corzine is connected to the donations, despite Christie's agreement on Jackson's big issue of charter schools: "In this particular race between Corzine and Chris Christie, if there are 10 issues, Jon Corzine and I are in agreement on nine of them. Chris Christie and I probably agree on three of them. It was a very difficult decision to make."
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Michele Brown, who remained in the U.S Attorney's office after Christie stepped down, interceded to handle the Corzine campaign's Freedom Of Information Act requests for Christie's record, and also allegedly urged the office to take action quickly on local corruption arrests in order to benefit Christie's campaign. Brown later resigned from the office, after it was revealed that she'd received an undisclosed $46,000 personal loan from Christie in 2007. Brown told the Times that the latest allegations are "outrageous and inaccurate."