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Dunn & Crutcher is cashing in the chips and soaking New Jersey tax payers in the opinion of the editorial board of the Star-Ledger who write, Editorial: Gov. Chris Christie's costly legal bills are mounting burden for N.J. taxpayers.

The law firm representing Chris Christie and his administration in connection with the George Washington Bridge scandal has submitted its latest invoice — for a cool $6.5 million. Added to related government legal costs that We the People will be shouldering, the total comes to $8.5 million. And the meter is still running. ...

The recent bills came from the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher for an internal investigation which (surprise!) absolved the governor of wrongdoing in last fall’s incident, in which multiple lanes on the heavily trafficked bridge were inexplicably closed, causing massive gridlock.

I find it offensive that under the guise of legitimate legal bills that perhaps a state ought to pay for a Governor, Chris Christie and Dunn & Crutcher has rolled up millions in legal bills for a worthless PR sham that has to be the most embarrassing piece of crap pawned of for legal work that I've seen for months. (Humor alert.) Seriously, nearly every conclusion in the report has been shown by later testimony has been shown to be complete bullshit and the report then claims to "exonerate" Christie without even interviewing any of the key principles involved in these "alleged" misdeeds.

What is the legal value for the tax-payers of rushing a white-wash report? There was none! The report served as a diversionary public relations distraction to create smoke and mirrors to minimize the short-term political impact on Christie's poll numbers.  

New Jersey ought to return this bill unpaid, and stamped with "no discernible legal value," also "defective service or product" found to be broken and so full of lies that even a lawyer would be embarrassed to have their name on it. Though I suppose if someone offered me $8.5 million dollars, and counting to write total bullshit, without any regard to facts, over a period of a few months, I'd think about it at least. But then some think I already do this for free just for the fun of it.

But, then I would at least have the decency to pretend I had brain cancer to explain defective thinking and then pretend I died, and then chance my name of go elsewhere. Because that's the kind of decency I have that Christie can't even aspire to. (Sarcasm alert! Hey I'm on a roll today! Maybe I'm getting back in the groove?)  

I digress. Back to the Star-Ledger editors who note with dry cynicism (the best kind) that Governor Christie has bilked the taxpayers for his own personal advancement many times before, such as holding a special election just three weeks before the regularly scheduled election so he didn't have to share the ballot with Cory Booker which cost the tax payer and extra $12 million.  

And then there are those town hall meetings — more than 120 so far — where the governor famously gets to insult teachers and call ex-Navy SEALS idiots. Billed as opportunities to interact with constituents, these gathering, often limited to a select audience, smell more to us like taxpayer-funded campaign rallies.

The Star-Ledger closes by suggesting for less money than Christie has racked up in legal fees before there have even been any indictments Christie could have used $7.5 million to restore "women’s health initiatives such as mammograms and cancer screenings."

But that would require a leader who cared more about people than himself.

Politicians from the future should note that if their PR numbers are down than can just announce that they have hired to most expensive lawyers in down and given them a blank check to investigate any possible crimes they may be charged with in he future.

How much will Dunn & Crutcher spend on Christie's defense even before he is listed as an official target for any charges? Who knows. There doesn't appear to be any cap to it except for the professionalism and reserve of Randy Mastro and Chris Christie - two people who have proven already by these bills so far, do be totally devoid of any hint of these two characteristics.

7:55 AM PT: What I don't get is if Christie has no involvement at all in the Bridgegate scandal then why has he spent over $8 million dollars in "legal" bills for his defense for crimes he purportedly has nothing to do with, and has no indication that he will be indicted for anything of any connected to it.

If Christie who was there the whole time knows for sure he has had nothing to do with any crimes then why has be spent $8.5 million of tax payer money already producing bogus white wash reports that even other lawyer are saying are complete tripe and an embarrassment to the profession.

A profession I might add that one has to be pretty sleazy to embarrass. And I mean this in the nicest possible way!

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  •  Tip Jar (27+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 07:09:52 AM PDT

  •  Didn't Ms. Clinton go totally go broke having (8+ / 0-)

    to pay legal bills incurred from actions taken by herself (and perhaps even more by her husband) while (he was) in office?

    Too bad they weren't as clever as Mr. Christie and couldn't figure out how to stick the bill to the taxpayers . ..

    •  Yes, and the total Clinton bills for Whitewater, (9+ / 0-)

      impeachment and everything were like $12.5 million I think. And, over 20 years or something.

      So what warning signals should we be getting when Christie spend $8.5 million in legal fees with no end in sight before any charges are brought forward.

      Is there any cap on these expenses?  What is to prevent him and Randy Mastro from charging $200 million and then flee to Uraguay - a non-extradiction state and living out the rest to their lives in luxary on the lamb?

      And this is all for alleged crimes that Christie says he has nothing to do with.

      I guess this proves he doesn't believe himself any more than we do.  

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      by HoundDog on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 07:35:14 AM PDT

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      •  Those are all good points, but maybe to be (7+ / 0-)

        less coy about my specific point - I find it surprising that a state level executive (i.e., Gov. Christie) gets his legal expenses covered while at the federal level, his similar counterparts are not afforded this privilege/perk.

        •  I agree RG. How have you been lately? (3+ / 0-)
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          by HoundDog on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 07:45:56 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks, you are always most gracious (1+ / 0-)
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            about inquiring about my well being.

            The good news is - more or less the same as always (i.e., ornery, prickly, and increasingly cynical about everything*)

            *except your diaries, of course!!

            •  LOL, oh good, back to normal. (1+ / 0-)
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              Well, I was worried for a while because you went through a couple month phase of being so upbeat, pleasant, and jolly I thought maybe you had been kidnapped and force feed some modern experimental anti-depressants.

              I don't know if you remember but way back in the Fukushima stories you had made some unusually grumpy comments in one of our new writers posts implying she wasn't ... something or other so in an "oldest brother" kind of protective reflex I can't help sometimes, and is sort of expected some places, I was sort of harsh on one of  your comments, where you implied a simple linear asymptotic decay process was a suitable model for something to do with radiation being less significant than the author was claiming - I don't actually remember the details as I'm starting to get old.  

              Which didn't seem to bother you, but it has distressed me something terrible, ever since,  because your critical comment was not "totally without merit."

              So I've always felt that I may have committed a "double fault" against you - 1) overly harsh counter comment, 2) having to protect a friend in "gang like" behavior to the possible detriment of "pure science." (It was a close call anyway. The counter criticism I said was true, but expressed with greater implied emotion than perhaps called for in a perfectly objective debated )

              But, seeing how you'd been such a "stinker" in other posts, and seeing  I could see you enjoy and even relish the role of "prickly curmudgeon" and actually get extra satisfaction if you can rile up an "opponent" especially if they all full fledged pro-renewable anti-nuclear sort, I figured I didn't need to apologize, but I did sort of a few year later if you remember.  

              But then we were so friendly in that conversation, it seemed like we are now friends, and we seem to share other rapaciously cynical qualities that I'm always glad to see you and figure you've may have just been kicked out of some other post so make an extra effort to welcome you to mine.

              I think I sort of envy your capacity to jump into a middle of a group and oppose and insult everyone around in wild abandon without concern for consequences. I don't have that emotional capacity (as you see from this comment where I confess such feeling of guilt so long after a little bump of friction most people here wouldn't even notice or care about.)

              If this troubles you, I can switch over to a different more oppositional style if you'd prefer, like "Hey you ornery old snake, ( or even bas^%# ) what brings you to these parts.

              For me this is all just practice to say on my toes for paid work.

              I do enjoy your comments which are always intelligent and thought provoking, if not sometimes annoying.

              Maybe that's another angle. It seems sad to me that someone as bright and well educated as yourself could have been seduced into those gangs of pro-nuclear apologists.

              So like a minister or something I see such potential for your redemption. It must be the way the "saved" feel about those sinner who seem to be basically good but just feel in with the wrong crowd.

              I see in you the potential to be one of our best advocates for a truly clean and renewable energy future, (Not the Excelon nucleaer=renewable propaganda.)



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              by HoundDog on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 08:47:12 AM PDT

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        •  There's a difference (3+ / 0-)
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          These bills pertain to Christie's work as Governor; the Clinton's (for Whitewater itself) pertained to pre-Presidency matters.

      •  If $200 million would make Christie go away (2+ / 0-)
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        that might be money well spent.

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        by JamieG from Md on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 08:50:46 AM PDT

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        •  If there was the slightest, even most remote (4+ / 0-)

          chance he get away without indictment in the Bridgegate fiascoes and show the slightest possibility of having a shot to be president, I will personally lead a campaign to raise even even more than $200 million to "buy him off."

          To have such an apparent sociopath even close to the WhiteHouse sends shivers up and down my whole body.

          Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

          by HoundDog on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 09:11:16 AM PDT

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        •  The sad reality is that I'd be able (1+ / 0-)
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          to realistically only donate about 1/1 millionth of the required funds (i.e., $20)

          Which raises the question of whether there are another million people who think along the similar lines as I do out.

          If so, that's kinda scary in it's own respect.

          If not, the whole endeavor seems doomed to failure.

          IOW, a rather dire outlook either way. (d'ohh!!)

          On the plus side, I'd highly encourage anyone within driving distance to visit Foamhenge before it disappears . ..

  •  Holy Cow!! This makes Walkers Legal bill's seem (3+ / 0-)
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    like a Spit in the Bucket!!

    Don't confuse Confidence with Arrogance.

    by bearsguy on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 07:22:12 AM PDT

  •  The 8 Million Dollar Man! nt (3+ / 0-)
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    The 8 Million Dollar Man! nt

  •  Thanks for the info HD nt (1+ / 0-)
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    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 08:14:03 AM PDT

  •  Fiscal Conservative (3+ / 0-)
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    Indeed. Republicans want to shrink our Government to fit inside their wallets.

  •  Lawfare can get expensive, as Texans are (1+ / 0-)
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    about to discover as well.

  •  Don't blame the lawyers, Christie's the villain. (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, HoundDog

    I know it's easy to blame lawyers, but they don't do a thing that their client isn't asking them to do (and usually, paying them to do).  Christie is the villain in this situation, and we shouldn't forget it.  

  •  Wouldn't the D&C firm be conflicted out of ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... representing the Governor in any criminal or civil proceeding having to do with the matters involved in their independent investigation?

    2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 05:19:55 PM PDT

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