Correction: U.S. Attorney has not opened new Christie investigation into Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office
Contrary to published reports, including one here at MMM, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s office has not opened a new criminal investigation into Governor Chris Christie’s role, if any, in quashing the prosecution of former Hunterdon County Sheriff Deborah Trout.
The initial inaccurate report was published by International Business Times, a content partner of MMM through repubHub. MMM published the IBT story after noticing it was being cited by other news outlets.
On Friday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show published a report that included a denial from the U.S. Attorney’s office that it is investigating Christie over the Trout issue. (h/t SaveJersey)
“Any characterization that we are investigating the Governor about this is just not true … . [W]e talk to people all the time. It doesn’t mean we’re investigating anybody.”
At a press conference in Long Branch last August, Christie derided IBT reporter David Sirota as a political hack who had been fired from previous publications. Until last week, MMM had not published any of Sirota’s work. We mistakenly did so this time, erroneously rationalizing that it was MMM worthy because several mainstream publications had repeated the story with a citation to IBT.
MSNBC did not cite their source at the U.S. Attorney’s office in their story. This morning, Matthew Reilly, Public Affairs Officer at Fishman’s office confirmed via email that the MSNBC story is accurate.