(Photo-Illustration by Paul Dilakian)
Nothing brings out lawyers quite like a political scandal. And no state does political scandal quite like New Jersey. The Bridgegate scandal that’s ensnared members of Governor Chris Christie’s inner circle is providing work to enough lawyers to clog a lane of the George Washington Bridge. Here’s a visual guide to who’s representing whom.
Paul Fishman (A), who holds Christie’s old gig as U.S. attorney for New Jersey, is investigating whether the governor’s advisers and allies broke federal laws by orchestrating bridge lane closures in September, causing five days of gridlock in Fort Lee. Christie denies any involvement in the closures.
Reid Schar (B) at Jenner & Block is representing a bipartisan committee of the New Jersey State Assembly and Senate that’s conducting its own investigation into the bridge scandal.
In December, Christie appointee Bill Baroni resigned from The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the George Washington Bridge, after other PA employees contradicted his testimony that lane closures were part of a traffic study. He has tapped Michael Himmel (C)
of Lowenstein Sandler.
Christie’s former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, fired after her “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email became public, hired Michael Critchley (D) of Critchley, Kinum & Vazquez when her first lawyer, Walter Timpone (E) of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter’s bowed out, citing his position on the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Randy Mastro (F) signed on to conduct an internal review for the Christie administration and handle requests for information from Fishman’s investigation.
Robert Luskin (G) and Mark Sheridan (H) of Patton Boggs are representing the Christie
reelection campaign and the
New Jersey Republican State Committee.
Alan Zegas (I) represents David Wildstein, another Christie Port Authority appointee. Zegas created a stir when he released a letter saying that “evidence exists” that Christie knew of the lane closures while they were ongoing­—something the governor has denied.
Mercury Public Affairs, the employer of Christie campaign strategist Michael DuHaime, hired Bracewell Giuliani’s Marc Mukasey (J)—even though, as a spokesperson told The Star-Ledger in February, the company had not been approached by investigators. It’s good to be prepared.