- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The state of New Jersey was billed nearly $7.5 million in 2014 by the law firm defending Gov. Chris Christie and his administration in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

New records released late Friday by the state attorney general’s office show the state has paid out $7. 46 million to the firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

That includes $172,224 for work during the months of August through November.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is continuing to investigate allegations that Christie appointees and staffers directed the closing of access lanes to the busy bridge in an apparent act of political retribution.

Christie’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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