Saturday, August 16, 2014

Christie Lawyers Are Paid Millions

Bridge Defense Costs New Jersey Taxpayers More Than $7.6 Million

By Heather Haddon, WSJ
Aug. 15, 2014 8:40 p.m. ET

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration has spent more than $7.6 million to defend itself and state employees caught up in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, all of it paid for by taxpayers.

The bulk of the money—about $6.5 million—was paid to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, the law firm hired by the Christie administration to defend itself in response to inquiries into the lane closures and to write a report about how the incident occurred.

The legal bills help illustrate how the George Washington Bridge scandal has become an expensive affair for taxpayers.

A legislative inquiry into the lane closures cost more than $840,000 in legal fees to a Chicago law firm through May, according to the most recent tally of invoices released.

Federal prosecutors are also investigating the lane closures, which caused gridlock last September in Fort Lee, N.J. Democrats allege the lanes were closed to punish the borough's Democratic mayor for not endorsing Mr. Christie for re-election.

(More here.)

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