Legal fees adding up in tunnel bill battle

TRENTON - (AP) - Legal fees to keep NJ Transit from repayingmoney spent on the scuttled Hudson River rail tunnel have cost morethan $330,000 in the first month.

The Record newspaper reports Washington, D.C.-based law firmPatton Boggs submitted a 30-page invoice for legal fees andexpenses incurred between Dec. 1 and Dec. 30. The bill includeshundreds of hours of work by eight lawyers and even $4.58 forpostage.

Attorney General's Office spokesman Paul Wyckoff told thenewspaper hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake and it'sworth "the best legal effort we can produce."

Transportation Committee chairman Assemblyman John Wisniewskicalled the bill "outrageous."

Gov. Chris Christie is fighting the Federal TransitAdministration's demand for repayment of $271 million.

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