Christie waives one million dollars in debt from the 2013 re-election campaign

Former Governor Chris Christie bilked his creditors out of over a million dollars today when the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission allowed him to officially dissolve his 2013 re-election campaign committee.

Christie told the panel that he had no prospect of raising the $1,015,408 owed by his campaign committee and that he could now potentially escape any legal or moral obligation without paying his debts.

Patton Boggs has no way to collect the $651,305 he is owed by gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie. Nor does Stroz Friedberg, a Dallas-based digital forensics firm with an unpaid bill of $364,103. Both companies worked for Christie's campaign during the Bridgegate scandal.

None of the creditors will have any legal recourse to collect their outstanding bills since the campaign, a New Jersey-based company, will no longer exist.

Since his re-election, Christie has raised $8.77 million for his 2016 presidential campaign and $7.6 million for his 2024 White House run.

ELEC followed a 2009 decision that allowed former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler to stop working after his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 2001, despite owing $71,869 in debt to his consulting, polling and compliance firms.

Not repaying campaign debt is nothing new, and sometimes even good people do it. John Glenn never paid more than $2.6 million in bills from his unsuccessful attempt to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984. After that race, Glenn won two more terms in the U.S. Senate and resigned in 1988.

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