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Taxpayers on hook for $6.5 million to Bridgegate law firm

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  • In this July, 12, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention in Nashville, Tenn. Christie came into office declaring "a new era of accountability and transparency." In a report released Friday, Aug. 15, it's clear New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for more than $6.5 million to the law firm Gov. Chris Christie hired to represent his office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

      In this July, 12, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention in Nashville, Tenn. Christie came into office declaring "a new era of accountability and transparency." In a report released Friday, Aug. 15, it's clear New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for more than $6.5 million to the law firm Gov. Chris Christie hired to represent his office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.
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TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for more than $6.5 million to the law firm Gov. Chris Christie hired to represent his office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

The state attorney general's office released recent bills from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher on Friday, Aug. 15.

The law firm represents Christie's office in the state and federal investigations into last September's lane closures. It published a 350-page report in March that found Christie and his top staffers were not involved in the lane closures ordered by a former Christie aide, apparently as political retribution.

The report has been criticized by some as a whitewash.

Gibson Dunn earlier this year agreed to reduce its rate from the original agreement of $650 per hour to $350.

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