Christie ‘Bridgegate’ attorney confirmed as FBI director

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An attorney who represented Gov. Chris Christie during the Bridgegate scandal was appointed as the new director of the FBI.

The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the FBI, replacing James Comey, who was abruptly fired by President Donald Trump amid the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.

The vote was 92-5 for Wray, a former high-ranking official in former President George W. Bush's Justice Department who oversaw investigations into corporate fraud. Wray, 50, inherits the FBI at a particularly challenging time given Trump's ousting of Comey, who was admired within the bureau.

New Jersey’s Senate representatives, Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, both voted in favor of Wray.

Wray won unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, with Republicans and Democrats praising his promise never to let politics get in the way of the bureau's mission.

Asserting his independence at his confirmation hearing, Wray said: "My loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law. Those have been my guideposts throughout my career, and I will continue to adhere to them no matter the test."

Wray is a graduate of Yale University, where he also received his law degree in 1992.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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