Ex-prosecutor who sued state over firing moves closer to getting grand jury transcripts

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TRENTON, New Jersey — A judge has ruled a former New Jersey prosecutor who says he was fired for claiming Gov. Chris Christie's administration dismissed an indictment for political reasons can move ahead with an effort to get secret grand jury transcripts released.

Bennett Barlyn claims the grand jury materials will show that the 43-count indictment against former Hunterdon County Sheriff Deborah Trout and two subordinates was legally sound.

The state attorney general's office dismissed the indictment in 2010. Barlyn claims he was terminated soon after he told superiors he felt the indictment was dismissed because a Christie donor was a material witness, though not charged.

The judge's order Friday requires Barlyn's attorneys to notify grand jury witnesses so they can post any objections to the transcripts' release.

Christie has denied any involvement.

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