Former N.J. prosecutor defends contract for Ashcroft

, The National Law Journal

Former New Jersey U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie told a House subcommittee Thursday that he did nothing wrong when he steered a multimillion-dollar contract to the firm of former Attorney General John Ashcroft. He said controversy over the no-bid contract — worth as much as $52 million — has been exaggerated by Democrats looking to derail his bid as a Republican running for New Jersey governor. Telling lawmakers he had a train to catch, Christie walked out of the hearing in frustration after 2 1/2 hours.

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