New Jersey taxpayers' toll for 'Bridge-gate' fallout rises

Gov. Chris Christie's legal defense against a citizen's official misconduct complaint related to the George Washington Bridge scandal could cost up to $10,000.



A letter dated Oct. 14 from Attorney General Christopher Porrino to attorney Craig Carpenito outlines the arrangement. It specifies that attorney's fees per hour will be $150. The cost is capped at $10,000.



The complaint was filed by retired Teaneck firefighter William Brennan and alleges Christie failed to order subordinates to re-open the bridge access lanes from Fort Lee.



New Jersey taxpayers have also spent roughly $11 million for another law firm hired by the Republican governor to investigate the 2013 lane closures as well as more than $1 million incurred by the special investigative legislative committee.


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