When he was the state's top federal lawman, Gov. Chris Christie spent more money than allowed by regulations more often than any other U.S. attorney in the country during 2007 and 2008, according to a report issued today.While this "independent" site has this link from Monday, it reads like little more than a rehash of a similar report they put out during Christie's campaign against Jon Corzine in 2009.
Neither Christie nor the four other U.S. attorneys criticized was named. But MainJustice.com, an independent online news site that chronicles the goings on at the U.S. Justice Department, reported that Christie is apparently "U.S. Attorney C."
The report by the department's Inspector General's office said U.S. Attorney C "was the U.S. attorney who most often exceeded the government rate without adequate justification. The U.S. Attorney provided insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification for 14 of 23 trips (61 percent) that exceeded the government rate."
Meanwhile, Christie's been under attack ever since he put a halt to New Jersey's participation in the Hudson River tunnel rail project. Well, it's already payback time.
NJ Transit owes the federal government $271 million for the Hudson River rail tunnel that Gov. Chris Christie scrapped last month.Interesting how a government that spends trillions with little oversight is all of a sudden looking to recoup funds from the state. I have no doubt Christie and the state will fully reimburse the appropriated money, but it's curious how quickly the people who can't account for hundreds of billions in stimulus money are so concerned about what's more or less chump change compared to what they routinely spend.
The Federal Transit Administration sent the agency the bill on Monday, saying interest and penalty charges will be added.
The Record newspaper reported the FTA also said it would launch a "complete audit" of the Access to the Region's Core project to determine how much federal funds still have not been spent.