TRENTON – New Jersey’s treasurer told lawmakers Tuesday to send inquires about how much Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridgegate report cost taxpayers to the state’s attorney general.
Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff said he’s unaware of the legal cost associated with the internal review of the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy commissioned by the Christie administration. The treasurer referred questions on the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher review to the state’s acting attorney general.
“I have no information to share with you,” Sidamon-Eristoff told Senate Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D) after being told questions about the cost to taxpayers of the review were “fair game.”
Sidamon-Eristoff said he’s unaware of the state processing any invoices for the legal services – which are reported to cost taxpayers more than $1 million.
Last week, the internal review concluded Christie “knew nothing about” the September lane closures and largely blamed former Port Authority executive David Wildstein and Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly as the prime culprits.
Ahead of the meeting, Sarlo said other questions on the lane closures or any other controversies were off-limits.
“I think that’s a matter better left for the independent select committee,” he said.