The campaign of Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) is seizing on a newly-unsealed statement by Karl Rove, contained in the transcripts from the House Judiciary Committee, to accuse Republican nominee Chris Christie of having misused his former office as a U.S. Attorney.
“I talked to him twice in the last couple of years, perhaps one time while I was at the White House and once or twice since I left the White House,” Rove said in 2007, “but — not regarding his duties as U.S. Attorney, but regarding his interest in running for Governor, and he asked me questions about who — who were good people that knew about running for Governor that he could talk to.”
In a statement given to TPM, Corzine communications director Sean Darcy says:
It’s pretty clear now that Christie was running a gubernatorial campaign out of the United States Attorney’s office with the Bush White House and Bush’s political brain, Karl Rove. Christie now has to answer a number of questions, including:
When did the planning start for his gubernatorial campaign?
Who was involved with the planning, including members of the United States Attorney’s office?
How did all of this impact his investigations, including prosecutorial decisions?