Christie hires outside law firm in bridge probe

New Jersey Governor Christie speaks during his annual State of State address in Trenton, New JerseyBy Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Thursday he hired a law firm to help his office as federal prosecutors probe whether U.S. law was broken when one of his aides ordered an apparent politically motivated traffic jam. A star of the Republican party, Christie for the past week has been dealing with a scandal since officials released e-mails showing a top aide calling for lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in evident retribution against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Randy Mastro will lead the outside legal team. Christie, widely considered a top contender for the White House in 2016, said last week he would cooperate with the federal probe of the unexpected shutdown over four days in September of three local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey and New York City.

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