THE DIRTY ARMY: Nik, there are many reason Chris Christie belongs in prison or at the least deserves to be impeached. The George Washington bridge is the least of them. One of my favorites is the way he used his influence and tax payer money to keep his brother Todd Christie out of prison.
In 2003 Spear, Leeds, Todd Christies financial firm, was under investigation on suspicion of cheating customers to benefit the firm. When the United States attorney in Manhattan, David N. Kelley, secured criminal indictments against 15 traders at the firm in 2005, Todd Christie was spared, and faced only civil fraud charges along with four other traders. Even though Christie made more traded and profited more then others listed on the indictments!
During his campaign for governor, Christopher Christie stated that his brother had done “absolutely nothing wrong,” and claimed that Todd Christie had been “completely exonerated.” One of many bold faced lies from governor Christie, as his brother admitted to wrong doing and illegal trades in the SEC settlement.
The Securities and Exchange Administration settlement Todd Christie signed, dated Oct. 15, 2008, maintains that he carried out hundreds of trades that brought the firm thousands of dollars in profits at its customers’ expense, and had violated stock exchange rules.
In 2007 Chris Christie’s gave a no-bid legal contract, to monitor an orthopedics firm, to David N. Kelley, the former federal prosecutor who had handled the case against Christie’s brothers firm! Like this isn’t a complete conflict of interest!
Chris Christie was even called to Washington for a hearing on Christie’s use of deferred-prosecution agreements, and Christie was asked whether there was a “perception of a quid pro quo” when Kelley was awarded a contract after having let Todd off the hook. “No, sir, because my brother committed no wrongdoing and was found not to have committed any wrongdoing, both by the Southern District of New York and the SEC,” he answered. The answer begged for a follow-up. The SEC had found wrongdoing, and it was precisely the Southern District’s finding of no wrongdoing in his instance that was at issue1. But the lawmakers didn’t get a chance to press the matter, because moments later, Christie abruptly announced that he had to catch a train and walked out. “It was a strange hearing,” Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen told me. “He just got up and left! How does this guy get away with this kind of behavior!
He just lost my vote.- nik