TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey taxpayers are paying five law firms to represent state employees as lawmakers and prosecutors investigate lane closures near the George Washington Bridge.
The state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that the law firms will be reimbursed by the state at a rate of $340 per hour. The office released retention agreements to media outlets but redacted the names of the employees who are being represented.
The law firms on the state payroll include those representing former Christie campaign director and aide Bill Stepien, but only for the time he worked for the administration.
Other lawyers are representing press secretary Michael Drewniak and aide Christina Genovese Renna. Renna resigned earlier this year.
Taxpayers are also paying for a lawyer hired by Christie’s office.