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Christie campaign asks to exceed cap for lawyers

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign is making a pitch to be able to exceed the state’s election spending limit so it can pay for lawyers dealing with a pair of investigations.

A hearing on the issue is scheduled for Tuesday before the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Because the Republican accepted public matching money for his re-election campaign last year, he was limited to spending $12.2 million.

The campaign came within $13,000 of hitting the limit.

It wants to raise and spend more now that it has received subpoenas from state lawmakers and federal investigators. Those groups are looking into whether Christie’s office played a role in causing a political retribution scandal by closing approach lanes near the George Washington Bridge.