CALIENDO CALLS INVESTIGATION POLITICALLY MOTIVATED, QUESTIONS TIMING, MOTIVATION OF CHRISTIE CONTRIBUTIONS
Middletown Democrat Chairman Joe Caliendo has called the investigation into Sen. Bob Menendez highly suspect.
“We have a U.S. Attorney who is playing politics for a party he owes deeply,” Caliendo said. “At the end of the day, Christie is a political appointee.”
Caliendo noted that it is difficult for the U.S. Attorney to claim objectivity in investigating a Democrat candidate in an important national race, especially when the money trail between Christie and the state Republican Party are seen in the broad light of day.
“Look, the timing of the contributions by Chris Christie and his family are pretty suspect, if you ask me,” Caliendo said. “First, you’ve got the fact that Todd Christie, the U.S. Attorney’s brother, has helped raise over $200,000 for the Bush White House. But you’ve also got to look at what’s been paid to the state Republicans.”
Caliendo said election reports show that before 2001 Christopher J. Christie and his family members donated a total of $800 to the New Jersey Republican Committee.
But in the months before September 2001, when Christie learned of his appointment, Christie donated $10,000 to the party and his brother Todd’s household contributed $64,000 to the party. Todd Christie went on to contribute $70,000 to the party in three lump sums from 2002 to 2004.
“Look, you don’t just jump from giving $800 in a lifetime to giving $74,000 in less than a month without strings being attached to both sides,” Caliendo noted. “That’s just not how politics works and certainly not how politics works in New Jersey.”
Caliendo noted that while the U.S. Attorney launched a curiously timed investigation into Menendez’s finances, Christie has ignored potential wrongdoing by the state’s GOP brass.
“Christopher J. Christie will not investigate the dealings of the Matawan-Aberdeen Train Station, in which over $50,000 passed between John Lynch business partner Jack Morris and state Sen. Joe Kyrillos’ campaign accounts,” Caliendo said. “Christie will not investigate the fact that Sen. Kyrillos may have used some strangely times campaign contributions to influence the Keyport Republican Party (including two councilmen arrested for corruption) to help his employer Woodmont Properties develop condos on waterfront property in the town, which he’s supposed to represent.”
Caliendo said Christie would not investigate these dealings by Kyrillos because of his very relationship to Kyrillos and the Middletown Republicans.
“Look, Kyrillos is this same man who swore Chris Christie in as a Morris County Freeholder, the same man who Todd Christie called a ‘family friend’ and the same man who was taking the helm of the state GOP just as the Christies dropped $74,000 a couple months before the U.S. Attorney learned of his appointment.”
Caliendo concluded by saying, “Of course Christie is going to investigate Menendez. Menendez isn’t George W. Bush’s candidate, and Menendez wasn’t taking the helm of the state GOP when the Christies were paying tribute to that organization’s coffers.”
Caliendo characterized the State Republican Party as being both “corrupt and vindictive” and may come after him in some political way because of this. “But the truth is just that and I do have proof about every assertion that I am making,” he said.