Assemblyman likens Christie’s town halls to tax payer-funded campaign

    There’s been much speculation about whether N.J. Gov. Chris Christie will make a Republican run for president. If it’s at all on his radar, then how do these town halls he’s hosting factor in?

    Gloucester County Assemblyman Paul Moriarty says the town halls — often filmed and posted online — figure into Christies national persona, and are early steps in a possible presidential campaign. Meaning tax payers are paying for his campaign appearances.


    As reports, Christie’s camp refutes the accusations, saying the governor has the right to address questions and explain why his policies take so long to get enacted.

    But Moriarty and fellow Democrat Assemblyman John Wisniewski says Christie is violating the state ethics code, citing:

    “No employee in the career or senior executive service shall directly or indirectly use or seek to use his or her position to control or affect the political action of another person or engage in political activity during working hours.”

    Feed the Feed: Could Christie’s town halls be part of a broad campaign, or ar they just good old community outreach?

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal