NJ Politics Digest: Christie Insider Has No Limit on Fees To Right A.C. Finances

The state says it's working to bring financial order to Atlantic City

Last year, the state of New Jersey took over Atlantic City’s finances. John Moore/Getty Images

The state says it’s working to bring financial order to Atlantic City, and is apparently willing to pay whatever it will take for a colleague of Gov. Chris Christie to accomplish the task. In an interview with the Inquirer, former U.S. Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa, who receives $400 per hour for his work, won’t say how much he and his team have billed the state, but will say that there’s been no limit placed on his fees.

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Quote of the Day: “The bills will speak for themselves,” – Jeffrey Chiesa, who receives $400 per hour for his role as state-appointed Atlantic City overseer, on what his law firm will charge for the task.

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NJ Politics Digest: Christie Insider Has No Limit on Fees To Right A.C. Finances