JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the federal prosecutor investigating political payback allegations involving the Republican’s administration are both set to speak at a prisoner re-entry conference on Thursday.
This is the first public event attended by Christie and U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman since the prosecutor began a criminal investigation into a scheme by the governor’s aides to block traffic near the George Washington Bridge to retaliate against a local mayor.
Christie has denied knowing about the plot in advance or while massive traffic jams were occurring in Fort Lee last September.
The event focuses on providing post-prison services that reduce recidivism.
Christie and Fishman are both featured speakers.
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey organized the conference. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is hosting it.