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May 8, 2014- BatteryPark.TV first reported that New York’s own BPCA used taxpayer dollars to pay private lawyers to “investigate” an internal scandal, and exonerate Chairman Dennis Mehiel. Then, the NY/NJ Port Authority made national news when New Jersey’s Governor Christie also used tax dollars to create the infamous Bridgegate whitewash report.
The New York Times reports, “The cost to New Jersey taxpayers for Gov. Chris Christie’s internal inquiry into lane closings at the George Washington Bridge is likely to reach several million dollars, outpacing early estimates and touching off urgent attempts to reduce the cost, according to newly available documents and interviews. In its first batch of bills, the corporate law firm that conducted the investigation has charged the state $1.1 million for less than three weeks of work. That figure suggests that the overall bill for the three-month-long inquiry, commissioned by Mr. Christie in January, could hit $3 million.”