NJ Politics Digest: Wray Kept Bridgegate Work for Christie Under Wraps

James Comey, left, speaks with Christopher Wray during a news conference at the Justice Department on December 15, 2004. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

It turns out President Trump’s nominee for FBI director, Christopher Wray, is not only still working as Gov. Chris Christie’s personal Bridgegate attorney, but was representing the governor long before he had a retainer agreement with the state of New Jersey.

Wray worked for Christie nearly a year before signing a mandatory retainer agreement in 2015, according to WNYC. The 11-month wait is raising eyebrows, and some are speculating it could mean Christie, who had presidential aspirations, didn’t want the world to know he had a taxpayer-funded criminal defense attorney.

Wray — who earned $340 an hour — and his law firm billed taxpayers $2.1 million for their services related to Bridgegate, even though the governor was never charged nor asked to testify about the plot to cause some traffic problems in Fort Lee. Wray’s FBI nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee last week and he now awaits a full vote by the U.S. Senate.

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