TRENTON - Democrats from the state Assembly have announced that Reid Schar will be the legal counsel assisting the Bridge-Gate committee. 

The former assistant U.S. attorney from Illinois will help with the investigation. Schar was the prosecutor in charge of prosecuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Democrats downplayed that part of his resume when News 12 New Jersey asked if that's why he got the job.

"That assumption can be made and the answer is no," says Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto. Schar was simply the best person out there, according to Prieto.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is leading the investigation, agrees. "Reid brings a lot of experience in dealing with complicated investigations like this," says Wisniewski. "His counsel will make sure that we're not making a lot of mistakes."

One of the people mostly likely to be subpoened, Gov. Christie's political insider Bill Stepien, has hired a lawyer, according to Wisniewski.