State Democratic chairman Assemblyman John Wisniewski Wednesday charged that Gov. Chris Christie is showing selective outrage and a double standard by remaining silent about a Elizabeth Board of Education scandal that includes eight of the members who endorsed him for governor.
An expose that was the result of a four-month-long investigation by The Star-Ledger that was published Sunday detailed “a relentless political machine fueled by nepotism, patronage, money and favors, using its nearly 4,000 employees as a ready-made fundraising base.”
Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) is calling for further scrutiny of the board in light of the allegations.
“The Star Ledger investigation into the Elizabeth Board of Education raises serious allegations,” he said. “It would appear that further scrutiny into the activities and actions surrounding the board is warranted.”
Wisniewski charged Christie, a Republican, has remained silent regarding the matter, which the Assemblyman noted involves supporters of the governor. Wisniewski said that besides the eight board members who endorsed Christie when he was running for governor, current and former board members have served on the governor’s transition team and task forces.“The silence of former U.S. Attorney Christie regarding the allegations against the Elizabeth Board of Education reflects the selective outrage and double standard when his friends are involved," Wisniewski said. "If the governor were consistent, he would treat these allegations as he would any other, regardless of his personal relationship with those involved.”
Michael Drewniak, Christie’s press secretary, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM