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Taxpayer legal tab in Bridgegate scandal exceeds $15 million

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The cost to New Jersey taxpayers of former Gov. Chris Christie's legal response to the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal back in 2013 has climbed to over $15 million.

That tab is expected to increase as appeals play out.

The new total reflects additional billing by data forensics firm Stroz Friedberg.

MORE: 'Bridgegate' defendants' appeal arguments set for April

Records reviewed by The Associated Press show its charges have topped $4 million, including $700,000 last year and $60,000 this year.

Two former Christie aides were convicted in 2016 of fraud and other charges for causing traffic jams on the bridge to punish a mayor who wouldn't endorse the governor for re-election.

They are appealing.

The attorney general's office says Stroz Friedberg is continuing to maintain data.

Two other law firms also submitted bills.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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