Christie’s (R-NJ) wife, Mary, is stepping down as chairperson of the Connecticut State Lottery, the lottery’s board of directors announced Thursday.
Christie is stepping up his criticism of state lottery officials, who he says have not been forthcoming about their investigation into the 2012 shooting death of a lottery worker, Richard Sellers, who was shot to death by a gunman in his own home.
Christie said in a statement that he will resign from the board of governors’ positions in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania.
The state lottery board said it was aware of the news and is currently gathering more information about the incident.
The lottery has not yet released the name of the person who was killed.
Christie has been criticized by critics in the state for his criticism.
He has defended the shooting as “the most tragic, unspeakable tragedy” in lottery history.
Christie did not say what he would replace Sellers with, though the governor has said in the past that he hopes that the lottery will be able to make improvements in safety.
The governor has also questioned the accuracy of reports on the shooting and whether the shooter is responsible.
In November 2016, Christie said the “most disturbing thing about the tragedy is the fact that no one from the FBI has been able to come in to investigate the shooting.”
He also said he thought Sellers was shot in the head and that “he may have been trying to defend himself against someone else.”
Christie, who has been in office for more than three decades, has repeatedly called for a thorough investigation into Sellers’ death.
He was governor for two years, before he announced his candidacy for president in 2016.
The Christie administration has been the subject of numerous ethics complaints from state lawmakers, and the governor’s office has come under fire for its response to the deadly shootings of two police officers in New York City in 2015 and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2016, where officers were shot dead by an officer who was carrying a Taser.