New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's legal fees in his battle over the George Washington Bridge lane closures have already cost the state's taxpayers at least $10 million, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal, and it could go much higher if he is formally charged in the scandal.
Former acting Attorney General Robert Laugey told lawmakers in May that the state had paid $8 million to Christie's law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and a digital forensics firm was paid $2.5 million for related work. A specific total of what the state has paid so far was not available, according to NJ.com, but information made public by Laugey showed the law firm had already received millions from the state.
According to radio station WNYC, information on Christie's "Bridgegate" legal expenses was not released by acting Attorney General Chris Porrino until Donald Trump had revealed his choice for his vice-presidential running-mate — which potentially could have been Christie.
It should be noted that Porrino, who became acting attorney general last month, formerly served as chief counsel for Christie's office when Bridgegate was first revealed in January 2014.
Has Christie ever repaid the estimated $600,000 in expenses, charged to the state, which he incurred while campaigning for the presidency? I don't know. Do you?
Beau Weisman, Editor