Murphy Renews Call for Independent Audit Given Lack of Transparency in Christie’s Bridgegate Defense

Time for a Refund As Christie’s Lawyers Effectively Argue Their Work Isn’t of Value

Newark — With a new report this morning quoting one of Gov. Christie’s taxpayer-funded defense attorneys saying his 2014 report into the Bridgegate matter “would be of no probative value,” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy renewed his call for an independent audit of all legal bills and said state taxpayers are owed a refund.

The insistence that the initial report by the Gibson Dunn law firm isn’t of any legal value was made by Randy Mastro, whose team of attorneys has already billed New Jersey taxpayers $8.2 million. Murphy said Mastro’s revelation dismissing his firm’s own work product makes an audit vital to determine how much of a refund taxpayers are owed.

“One would have hoped that after collecting $8.2 million from taxpayers, Gibson Dunn would actually have confidence in their own work instead of saying it has no value,” said Murphy. “And since it has no real value, taxpayers should never have paid one cent and should get their millions back.”

Gibson Dunn has been harshly criticized by U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton for their shoddy note-taking, who wrote, “The taxpayers of the state of New Jersey paid [Gibson Dunn] millions of dollars to conduct a transparent and thorough investigation. What they got instead was opacity and gamesmanship. They deserve better.”

Last month, Murphy was the first to call for an independent audit by either the State Comptroller or State Commission of Investigation of all Bridgegate legal fees paid by taxpayers.