Update: Christie unaware of subpoena for blogger Hal Turner's trial

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Gov.-Elect Chris Christie said he has not yet received a subpoena to appear next month at the federal trial of North Bergen Internet radio host and blogger Hal Turner.

Christie was in Jersey City today to tour St. Lucy's Shelter and help put together Thanksgiving care packages for 13 local families.

"It hasn't been issued to me," he said after being asked about it at a press conference at St. Lucy's. "You're delivering news to me."

Michael Orozco, Turner's lawyer, said in an affidavit supporting the subpoena, that Christie, as the U.S. Attorney, knew that Turner was working with the FBI, Christie gave legal advice to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force regarding Turner, and issued a "Blanket Letter of Declination," refusing to prosecute Turner.

Christie declined to comment on Turner.

"Certainly any of the advice I gave as U.S. Attorney with regards to prosecutions, I'm not going to talk about publicly," he said.

Christie said it would be hard to testify because of the internal deliberations and other legal issues that go into the decision-making process.

"It's very difficult for a U.S. Attorney to testify," he said. "We'll see what happens during the road."

In late June Turner was charged with threatening federal judges in Chicago, stemming from an editorial on his Web site that stated three federal judges there "deserved to be killed" for a ruling they made in a lawsuit.

Turner's trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 1 in New York.

Turner, through his lawyers, has maintained that he was trained by the FBI and worked with them from 2002 to 2008 to flush out radicals before they attacked in an effort to prevent domestic terrorism.

The operation was halted when computer hackers broke into Turner's radio show Web site server and gained access to email exchanges between Turner and the FBI, Orozco said.

Over the years, Turner's blog was a forum for hate speech. Turner has made racially inflammatory comments both on his radio show and on blog posts. continues here

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