Feds Open Corruption Investigation Into Christie Donor

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -

Federal investigators are looking into a former county prosecutor’s allegation in a lawsuit that he was fired because he complained about the dropping of an indictment that involved a donor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Bennett Barlyn, a former Hunterdon County assistant prosecutor, said he had a more than hour-long conversation with a criminal investigator for the Department of Justice on Wednesday. He said he provided details of the lawsuit and evidence he has to back up his claims.

Barlyn said the investigator asked him about an allegation in his lawsuit that former county undersheriff Michael Russo told a reporter that Christie would step in and “have this whole thing thrown out” after he was accused of misconduct and indicted by a grand jury in 2010.

Russo has denied making the statement, and Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, has denied any involvement in the dropping of the indictment.