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Rep. Pallone Says Christie Should Focus on NJ, Not Lead RGA

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With all of the allegations against Gov. Chris Christie, Congressman Frank Pallone told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that he would rather see Christie spending his time in New Jersey concentrating on being the governor instead of focusing his attention on national issues and organizations.

“It’s important for the governor to concentrate on the governor,” Pallone said.

Christie’s involvement in the Republican Governors Association is a distraction, according to Pallone. He said that Christie did not do enough to try to create jobs or grow the economy in his first term so it would be better for him to concentrate on being governor, rather than spend time with the association.

“I would much rather see him spend his time here in New Jersey working with the legislature in the bipartisan way that he laid out in his inaugural address. How are you going to do that when you have these scandals, head the Governors Association, say you want to run for president? It doesn’t leave much time for the state,” Pallone said.

As for the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, Pallone said, “The bridge scandal and the other things that have come along are all part of a culture — I call it threats, bullying and an abuse of power — so we’ll have to see what the investigations bring forth.”

Pallone said that the U.S. Attorney needs to look at everything, and he believes that inquiry along with the legislative investigation is enough. “How many investigations are we going to have?” Pallone asked.

As for the Sandy aid investigation, Pallone said that there are still people with homes and businesses that have not received their checks, which is what is important.

“I do think that there is an abuse of power there of threats and bullying so it’s very likely that there is something behind this,” Pallone said.