Posted Jan 16, 2014 06:05 pm CST
A former federal prosecutor who co-chairs the litigation practice group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher will be representing the office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie amidst ongoing investigation of its role in the so-called Bridgegate traffic jam scandal.
At issue is to what extent the office was involved in arranging to close traffic lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge for several days in September as claimed political payback for the Fort Lee mayor’s lack of support of Christie. The governor has said mistakes were made and fired a top aide.
Gibson Dunn and partner Randy Mastro “will bring an outside, third-party perspective to the situation, and they will be a valuable asset as we move forward,” said Christie’s office in a written statement provided to the Washington Post’s Post Politics blog. “This administration is committed to ensuring that what happened here never happens again. That’s what the people of New Jersey deserve.”
Both the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey and the state legislature are looking into the matter, the Associated Press reports.
ABAJournal.com: “Judge OKs subpoena requiring NJ gov’s appointee to testify about traffic-jam scandal; he takes 5th”
Bloomberg: “Christie Bridge Jam Inquiry to Probe $1 Billion Projects “
The Corner (National Review): “How the Media Made a Routine HUD Audit into a ‘Federal Investigation’ of Christie”
USA Today: “New subpoenas expected soon in N.J. bridge scandal”