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Taxpayers on hook for $6.5M to Bridgegate law firm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for more than $6.5 million to the law firm Gov. Chris Christie hired to represent his office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

Attorney Randy Mastro shows his independent review of Bridgegate.
Randy Mastro of Gibson, Dunn & Krutcher holds up the firm’s Bridgegate report in March. (Brendan McDermid-Pool/Getty Images)

The state attorney general’s office released recent bills from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher on Friday, The Record reported.

The law firm represents Christie’s office in the state and federal investigations into last September’s lane closures. It published a 350-page report in March that found Christie and his top staffers were not involved in the lane closures ordered by a former Christie aide, apparently as political retribution.

The report has been criticized by some as a whitewash.

Gibson Dunn earlier this year agreed to reduce its rate from the original agreement of $650 per hour to $350.

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