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article image'Bridgegate' lawyers cost New Jersey taxpayers over $10 million

By Nathan Salant     Feb 21, 2016 in Politics
Trenton - Defending New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie from charges that he ordered approaches to the George Washington Bridge closed in 2013 to tie up millions of commuters for hours as an act of political retribution has cost taxpayers more than $10 million.
Invoices released Friday by the state attorney general's office indicate investigators spent more than $2 million for help from electronics experts Stroz Friedberg in 2014 and 2015 after previously spending more than $8 million on the government's investigation of the incident.
One top Christie appointee, Port Authority official David Wildstein, has pleaded guilty in the case and two others have been indicted, according to the New York Daily News newspaper.
But Christie has repeatedly denied any prior knowledge of the traffic escapade and the ongoing investigation has apparently not found evidence to the contrary.
Yet Christie's reputation has been badly damaged by the scandal, which no doubt contributed to the suspension of his presidential campaign after the New Hampshire primary earlier this month.
Christie spent considerable amounts of time and money campaigning in New Hampshire yet was unable to finish higher than sixth out of nine candidates in the Feb. 9 balloting.
"I leave the race without an ounce of regret," Christie said on his Facebook page.
"Iā€™m so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way,ā€ he said.
Two other former Christie aides face indictments in the case.
Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and former Port Authority exec Bill Baroni have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and other charges and are awaiting trial, according to CBS New York .
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