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Christie names ombudsman, announces other reforms

Local News | Apr 18, 2014

Christie names ombudsman, announces other reforms

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie is following through on some of the recommendations contained in a recent report on the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Christie announced Thursday that he has created an office of the ombudsman for the office of the governor, and he named Patrick Hobbs, dean of the Seton Hall University School of Law, to the post.

Christie also announced he would eliminate the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and replace it with an office that will focus primarily on responding to the public’s needs.

He also has proposed new rules that would require government officials to report official misconduct or face prosecution.

The measures were among recommendations in the report by law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher that exonerated Christie from wrongdoing in the bridge lane-closure scandal.