New Jersey court rules in favor of NJ AG over Christie appointees
NJ lawmakers on Thursday ruled that Gov.
Chris Christie and Lt.
Kim Guadagno should be reinstated as attorneys general in New Jersey.
The ruling comes after Guadakno, who was Christie’s top deputy at the time of the 2013 traffic-related scandal, sued the state over the governor’s appointment of her in January 2016.
In her suit, Guadakinas claims the governor used his power to appoint her to office and failed to disclose her past financial conflicts of interest.
New Jersey Gov.
Andrew Cuomo (D) had been scheduled to meet with Guadakis this week, but the governor did not attend.
Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling.
Christie, a Republican, won the Democratic primary for attorney general in 2018.
The judge’s ruling came after Guadianis attorneys argued that the governor and his former deputy had failed to comply with the law.
They argued that he did not disclose his past conflicts of interests and should be allowed to continue to serve as attorney general.
Christie and Guadakhno are both running for re-election in 2018 against Democrat Phil Murphy.
They are the first two NJ AGs to step down.
The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that Guadas appointment violated the state’s ethics laws.
Christie resigned from office in January 2017 after admitting he had accepted more than $90,000 in gifts from a lobbyist.
He was re-elected to the governor job in 2018 and was sworn in Jan. 2, 2018.
In the meantime, Guadalaknos office has been engulfed in a political firestorm.
Christie appointed his former chief of staff and political adviser to oversee the state attorney general’s office.