‘Bridgegate’ Law Firm Overbills by Half-Million Dollars, Says Assemblyman

NJTV News | March 3, 2016 | Politics
Overall costs for various legal fees and expenses of investigation by legislative committee now add up to $15 million

Legal bills submitted by the law firm hired by the Christie administration now total more than $10 million, nearly three years after the George Washington Bridge lane closings that prompted the Bridgegate scandal.

That money paid to the Gibson Dunn law firm has been funded by New Jersey taxpayers – and the firm has overbilled by at least a half-million dollars, according to state Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), who headed the so-called Bridgegate Committee.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who headed up the so-called Bridgegate Committee, says Gibson Dunn over-billed the state, by having lawyers bill for more hours-per-day than allowed and sending “multiple lawyers” to attend the same deposition or hearing.

What’s more, Gibson-Dunn spent another $2 million to hire an outside digital forensics firm.

And there’s even more. Another couple of million dollars has been spent by the legislative committee investigating the lane closings and whether they were politically motivated. And New Jersey has spent over $1 million in legal fees for state employees who have been forced to testify.

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