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Mel 2012/06/22 01:51:19

Christie Addresses Halfway House Scandal

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Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012

A company with deep ties to Gov. Chris Christie dominates New Jersey’s system of large halfway houses. There has been little state oversight, despite widespread problems.

The New York Times published the first potentially brand-piercing narrative about Chris Christie yesterday and today, in a series looking at lax oversight in halfway houses — including major crimes being committed — and a politically connected firm running them that has ties to the governor himself and his top adviser, Bill Palatucci.



politically connected firm running hasnbsp ties governor nbspand adviser palatucciBill Palatucci, listed as number one of the 2010 100 Most Influential Personalities in New Jersey Politics by PolitickerNJ. Palatucci, theSenior Vice President and General Counsel for Public Affairs for the company running the halfway houses is described by PolitickerNJ as Gov. Chris Christie’s former law partner and serves as a chief advisor and confidante to the freshman governor. He’s the man behind the man and serves as a sounding board on major decisions. But this power broker is no lackey to the front office. He’s been a player in his own right since the 1980s when he was the go-to guy for major GOP campaigns. His clout was extended this year with his election to the Republican National Committee.

It is easy to see the stories showing up in ads in 2016 — or sooner, in Christie's 2013 reelection effort.

Christie, who doesn't respond to every negative news story, did comment on this one, in a statement from his office:

“While many of the disturbing accounts reported in today’s New York Times documenting lax oversight and accountability in some of New Jersey’s halfway houses took place prior to this administration, we have an obligation to ensure the community placements program is effectively and safely operating today. This administration takes its responsibility to properly administer this program very seriously which is why we have increased monitoring of halfway houses with enhanced site visits, fines for noncompliance and a new inspection monitoring system that has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of walkaways under this administration.

“New Jersey has been on the cutting edge of pursuing policies that both ensure our most violent offenders stay off the streets, such as closing the early release loophole, and support a more rehabilitative approach focused on nonviolent offenders. We need to constantly ensure these policies are being responsibly and safely implemented which is why I am calling on the Department of Corrections Commissioner Gary Lanigan to immediately step up inspections of all halfway houses and report any violations and recommendations for changes to the deputy chief of staff for policy.”

The statement doesn't address one of the details of the story, that Christie himself was registered to lobby for the firm in question in 2000 and 2001 (though he reportedly, according to other accounts, didn't actually lobby). That issue may still come back.

But in the meantime, this attempts to head off a coming wave of political interest in the issue.

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  • Schläue~© 2012/06/22 02:52:32
    Schläue~©
    We have Incumbent and the U.S. AG messed up in what should be handled as a murder investigation and somehow this is significant?

    The corruption is seeping from our WH and officials all over DC and the NYT is focusing on Christie? How much of the unlawful acts 0bozo has pulled in the past few months have they covered with such enthusiasm? Really ???? This is news?
  • Mel Schläue~© 2012/06/22 03:42:17
    Mel
    You are OFF TOPIC!
  • Schläue~© Mel 2012/06/22 03:49:54
  • Mel Schläue~© 2012/06/22 06:02:19
    Mel
    The topic was clearly stated OFF Topic. This is my last answer to you.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/06/22 02:05:38
    HarleyCharley
    all people have weaknesses...
  • Mel HarleyC... 2012/06/22 02:50:39
    Mel
    Weaknesses? dangerous felons on the streets and that's all? OK you can use that to tell the family of the young woman 's family who was murdered. I'm sure they'd accept that flimsy statement.
  • Mel 2012/06/22 01:52:55
    Mel
    There have been over 1000 escapes and several hundred of these felons are still at large. One recently escaped, went after a former girlfriend and murdered her.

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