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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lawyer to be paid $650 per hour

Published On: Jan 31 2014 02:11:48 PM CST
George Washington Bridge

Graham Winch/In Session

TRENTON, N.J. -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office has agreed to pay $650 per hour to the lawyer representing the governor's office in a traffic jam scandal, and the lawyer said that's a discount.

Christie's office released terms of the agreement Thursday night.

Randy Mastro said the fee is 40 percent less than he usually charges clients and 20 percent less than other attorneys in the New York office charge.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's onetime chief of staff was hired to assist Christie's office in complying with subpoenas from a legislative panel and to help conduct an internal review of what happened.

Christie's former deputy chief of staff and other aides were allegedly behind a scheme to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee by blocking George Washington bridge lanes.