Christie Hires Lawyers To Probe Bridge Scandal

Attorneys will help with internal review into Christie's office, and aid federal authorities

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has hired outside attorneys to help investigate how aides were able to snarl traffic in a north Jersey town as an act of political revenge, and to assist federal authorities probing the scandal that has threatened his White House ambitions.

Christie’s office announced the retention of New York-based law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP on Thursday morning, saying the administration had hired the firm “to assist with the internal review announced by Governor Christie last week and to further cooperate with the U.S. Attorney inquiry.”

The Republican has been under fire ever since documents surfaced last week revealing that aides worked to close lanes leading from Fort Lee, N.J., to the George Washington Bridge after the town’s mayor didn’t back Christie’s reelection bid, backing up traffic there for days. Christie has apologized and fired a top aide involved. His office said the firm would “review best practices for office operations and information flow, and assist with document retention and production.”

The hire comes as New Jersey lawmakers investigating the issue have retained Reid Schar, a former federal prosecutor who worked on the corruption case against ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, to work on their probe.

An NBC/Marist Poll out Wednesday, one of the first indicators of how voters are responding to the scandal, showed that most Americans’ views of Christie are unchanged, but that one-quarter of those familiar with it think less of him.

9 comments
wulfdjservice
wulfdjservice

This is a great example of politicians being big fat liars, pun intended.

repackrider
repackrider

Gee, Chris, just release all the emails and be done with it.

And your career.

MillerBash
MillerBash

This is huge news.  I think we can expect Christie and gang to put up roadbloicks when it comes to discovery and other cooperation requests.  Next item on the agenda for Christie will be putting forth claims of executive priviledge.  That is a given.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Some one should check if the firm he acquired normally handles defense of organized crime figures. That way they would be familiar with defending his brand of government.

sacredh
sacredh

I think Christie is more concerned with his role being uncovered. It may well be that he only knew about it and did nothing.

jmac
jmac

Shouldn't this title read - Christie Lawyers Up?  


Come on!  Who writes these titles?   

jmac
jmac

@MillerBash Obviously Christie won't be able to comment on anything as there is an 'ongoing investigation'.  


Who would have that coming!  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Remember how I said that it would be amusing if the lawyers Christie got for the bridge probe had experience in dealing with Organized crime. Well guess what.



Randy Mastro, a former assistant U.S. attorney, will lead the team, the statement said. Mastro served as chief of staff and as a deputy mayor to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican who has vocally defended Christie since the bridge controversy escalated last week. Mastro has specialized experience handling organized crime cases, the statement said.


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