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NJ Taxpayers Just Hired Another Lawyer for Christie

Matt Katz | November 16, 2016

New Jersey taxpayers just hired another lawyer for their governor. 

Gov. Chris Christie, who has already charged New Jersey $11.3 million for attorneys to represent his office in the federal Bridgegate investigation, has added legal representation for a related state criminal matter.

Craig Carpenito is earning $150-an-hour to defend Christie from a criminal complaint filed by a local activist in Bergen County. The complainant, Bill Brennan, alleges Christie engaged in official misconduct during Bridgegate, as evidenced by sworn testimony from David Wildstein, the admitted co-conspirator. Wildstein claims Christie knew about the dangerous lane closures.

Christie is appealing, but is currently scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 11. Carpenito is co-leader of the government and internal investigations division at his firm, Alston & Bird. His fees are capped at $10,000, a considerable discount from what partners at Christie's other law firm, Gibson Dunn, bill for their continued work on the case.

Two weeks ago Christie's spokesman failed to answer a question from WNYC about who was paying for Carpenito. But documents obtained via a public records request to the Attorney General's Office laid out the agreement.

Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio/WNYC
Political reporter Matt Katz is The Christie Tracker at WNYC.org. NJ Spotlight is hosting his blog and running his stories, which can also be heard on WNYC 93.9 FM and 820 AM, as well as New Jersey Public Radio: Trenton 88.1, Sussex 88.5, Netcong 89.3, and Toms River 90.3.
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