TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey taxpayers have been billed nearly $1.1 million for a law firm’s first two weeks of work for Gov. Chris Christie’s office during investigations of lane closures near the George Washington Bridge.
The bill comes after lawyers for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher agreed to reduce their rate to $350 per hour from the original agreement of $650. The bill covered services from the time the firm was hired in mid-January through the end of that month but not work done since then.
Gibson Dunn produced a report in March that found Christie and his top staffers were not involved in the lane closures ordered by a former Christie aide as political retribution. The report has been criticized by some as a whitewash.