New Jersey taxpayers’ toll for ‘Bridgegate’ 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, filed by retired Teaneck firefighter William Brennan, alleges Christie failed to order subordinates to reopen 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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