The report made the following recommendations:
(c) Appoint An Ombudsperson Within The Governor’s Office Who Would Report Directly To The Governor And Issue Periodic Public Reports – While what occurred here were the actions of a few and not reflective of the whole, it is nevertheless concerning that they occurred at all. To assist the Governor’s Office going forward, and to restore public trust in the many honorable, dedicated public servants who work there, we propose that the Governor appoint an Ombudsperson—a senior statesperson of unquestioned integrity and independence— to serve as a sounding board and resource readily available for receiving complaints within the Governor’s Office and seeing that they get appropriately responded to. We envision that this Ombudsperson would report directly to the Governor and issue periodic public reports, at least annually, on his or her activities. We would also expect the Ombudsperson to help establish the duties and responsibilities of the new Chief Ethics Officer, described below, who would report to both the Ombudsperson and the Chief Counsel.
(d) Appoint A Chief Ethics Officer Responsible For Ethics Enforcement, Conflicts And Training Within the Governor’s Office – As a prophylactic measure going forward, the Governor should appoint a Chief Ethics Officer for the Office of the Governor dedicated to (i) addressing any ethics or conflicts issues as they arise, and (ii) overseeing training within that office to ensure that all who work there are aware of and sensitive to their obligations. The Chief Ethics Officer would report to the Chief Counsel, also report to and work closely with the Ombudsperson, and have direct access to the Governor.Giv. Christie has not yet commented on the report. (Time; Gibson Dunn Report.)