Baroni and Wildstein retain outside counsel

The two Port Authority officials who resigned in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy have hired outside counsel, according to reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported Gov. Chris Christie’s appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, former state Sen. Bill Baroni, and another former top executive, David Wildstein, retained private attorneys.

The pair sought counsel in response to the widening investigation into why lanes of traffic were closed to the GWB, according to the newspaper.

Wilstein recently hired Alan L. Zegas, a criminal lawyer from Chatham, N.J. , to represent him. Baroni retained Michael Himmel, of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

Baroni and Wildstein retain outside counsel