From NBC's Ali Weinberg
Former Christie aide resigns
The No. 2 official in New Jersey's U.S. Attorney's office resigned yesterday, less than two weeks after news broke that she accepted a loan from former boss and current Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie.
Christie and his wife gave Michele Brown a $46,000 mortgage loan when Christie was U.S. Attorney. Brown stepped down because her "financial ties to her former boss raised questions about her ability to be impartial in her duties." Christie asserts, however, that his loan to Brown and her husband was "a helping hand to friends, and that he and Ms. Brown have not discussed the inner workings of the office, or its cases, since [Christie] stepped down last year," the New York Times reported yesterday.
In her resignation letter, Brown wrote, "I know how important it is that we continue to pursue our mission, and I do not want to become a distraction."
The campaign of Gov. Jon Corzine, Christie's opponent, continued to criticize the matter. "Michele Brown's resignation today does nothing to put to rest questions about Christie's conduct both in and outside of the U.S. attorney's office," said Corzine press secretary Elisabeth Smith.
New Christie video links Corzine to Lehman Bros.
A new Web ad released by the Christie campaign links Corzine to Gordon Gekko, the villain of the movie "Wall Street." Flanked by the infamous Gekko line "greed is good," the ad focuses on the New Jersey State Investment's Council, who invested pension funds with Lehman Brothers three months before its collapse, costing the fund about $118 million, according to Matt Friedman of PolitickerNJ.
DNC spokesman Michael Czin "called the ad hypocritical," saying: "Democrats aren't going to be lectured on ethics and business practices by a Bush U.S. Attorney who used his position to award tens of millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to hacks and political cronies like John Ashcroft. And it appears when Christie wasn't busy funneling money to his friends he was violating the Hatch Act and evading taxes."
McDonnell up with new TV ad
On the same day Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds released a radio spot featuring President Obama, Republican candidate Bob McDonnell's camp says it's airing a TV ad (in all markets except pricey Northern Virginia) that touts McDonnell's plan to "make Virginia the energy capital of the East Coast" by creating "new green job zones to help innovators create new energy and jobs" and promote "safe offshore drilling."