Is Christie’s mission with PREPA or with statehood?
By José A. Sánchez Fournier
Special to The Star
The signing of former New Jersey governor Chris Christie as a lobbyist for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority(PREPA) is raising serious questions in local political circles.
Christie, who also led President Donald J. Trump’s transition team following the New Yorker’s victory over Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016, has been enlisted by PREPA to help secure federal funds for the embattled public corporation that is still recovering from the monumental damage it suffered under Hurricane Maria in 2017 and during the earthquakes that hit the western part of the island early this year.
However, Senate hopeful Ramón Luis Nieves maintains that Christie’s public mission with PREPA might be a subterfuge for a secondary goal with partisan undertones.
“Christie is lobbying to get additional funds for Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced’s planned statehood vote this November,” Nieves told The San Juan Daily Star on Sunday afternoon, prior to his press conference detailing his findings on the matter.