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Jul 15, 7:45 AM EDT

Taxpayers have spent $8.2M on Christie's lawyers


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- It has cost New Jersey taxpayers $8.2 million for Republican Gov. Chris Christie's private attorneys handling the fallout from the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case.

Invoices released by the attorney general show Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher billed the state $202,000 from September to March. The firm previously billed $8 million since being hired in January 2014.

That comes on top of $2.3 million the Christie administration has paid a risk management firm. That brings billings from the legal team to $10.5 million.

Separately, the legislature has paid $1.2 million to a law firm for an investigation of the bridge case and another $1.2 million has been spent for legal expenses for state employees who were questioned or received subpoenas.

Former Christie allies are charged in the case; he is not.

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