Christie Administration Conducting Internal Review Into 'Bridgegate' Scandal

Heading up the Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher group is former federal prosecutor Randy Mastro, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

The Christie administration will conduct an internal review into the "Bridgegate" scandal, and has retained a former federal prosecutor to head up the investigation and cooperate with a federal inquiry into the matter.

The administration announced Thursday the retention of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher to "further cooperate with the U.S. Attorney inquiry," review best practices and "assist with document retention and production," according to the announcement.

“Governor Christie made clear last week that he will conduct an internal review to uncover the facts surrounding the lane closures in Fort Lee," according to a quote in the announcement that was unattributed.

Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher will "bring an outside, third-party perspective to the situation, and they will be a valuable asset as we move forward," according to the quote. "This administration is committed to ensuring that what happened here never happens again. That’s what the people of New Jersey deserve.”

Heading up the Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher group is former federal prosecutor Randy Mastro, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

He specialized in organized crime cases and spearheaded the federal government’s racketeering suit that compelled the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to hold democratic elections and to undergo court supervision, according to the announcement. Mastro also served as former deputy mayor of New York City.


steve fenichel January 16, 2014 at 09:50 AM
Internal Investigation? Just look in the mirror and you'll see the perp!
Sir January 16, 2014 at 09:51 AM
This is such a non story, its amazing.
thetentman January 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM
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Ridgewood Mom January 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Jimmy, it would be impossible to prove that "the Governor is... without any culpability." His administration is already proven culpable. The question, at this point, is the extent to which he directed the details. And the thought that this administration would investigate itself is beyond ridiculous.
jim January 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM
haha good one jimmy. no matter what, he has at least some responsibility. he's the one who appointed the people and gave them the power to do what they did. sir how in the world is this a non story, they used there position to punish someone for not endorsing christie in an election he was going to win in a landslide anyway. causing problems for thousands of commuters and even resulting in one nj residents deat because of the delays. if that was your parent or grandparent im sure you wouldnt call this a non story. this is the definition abusing power
JeffO January 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Well that's one way to spin the retention of a high-powered criminal defense attorney. Hey, Christie didn't even give his former Deputy Chief of staff an exit interview. Does anybody believe he really wants to get to the bottom of this? He knows who's skulking down there.
Adam January 16, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Reading the e-mails and hearing Christie's subordinates refer to other public officials and members of the press as "idiots" over and over, I know I had heard the expression before, and realized it is how Christie addresses NJ citizens at Town Hall meetings when he disagrees with what the citizens have to say. With the exception of Wildstein, who just seems a jerk, most of the people implicated seem like decent enough folks who, in a rush to try to equal or surpass Kean's 40% margin of victory in 1985, went overboard in thei zeal to get Christie re-elected by a huge margin. The Tri-State area (NY, NJ and CT) all suffered under the recession. While NY and CT have rebounded with a surlus of new jobs and revitalization, NJ has still only recovered some 58% of the jobs lost since 2008. The two maindifferences between these three states: NY and CT are run and managed by Democratic Governors, and both of these Governors are putting all their effort in their respective states, while Republican Christie is concentrating on a 2016 Presidential run. Seems like when considering options, he looks first as to how it affects 2016, and 2nd how it affects New Jersey.
Clay Thomas January 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Man, this is deja vu all over again! For those who remember, Richard Nixon hired his own investigator too. His name was Archibald Cox, a highly respected attorney, and when his investigation implicated Nixon, Nixon fired him and the US Attorney General. We don't need any "SELF" investigation, leave it up those legally empowered to act on behalf of the citizens. Stay classy Gov. Numbnuts!
Adam January 16, 2014 at 12:39 PM
With the new Benghazi reports, and of course the folks that Christie hired, looks like both Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie have less than stellar records in hiring and overseeing the employees who do most of the work. Anyone else out there for 2016?
Sir January 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Non story
Julie January 16, 2014 at 02:57 PM
This is not a non story. It is a story about an administration's gross abuse of power. We do not know if Governor Christie had knowledge of this debacle but we do know that those in his administration lack character, morals and the ability to care about the well being of the citizens of New Jersey. This allowed them to become alleged criminals. If Chris Christie is found to have no knowledge of this, then he is either an idiot (as he would say)for being so out of touch or very smart for keeping himself out of all correspondences.
Nina January 16, 2014 at 03:06 PM
To all the Republicans saying this is a "non-story," I suggest you look up what Randy Mastro and his "team" from Gibson Dunn will charge us (the New Jersey taxpayer) for investigating something the Governor knows, but won't tell us. Gibson Dunn charges from $980 to $1,800 an hour for partners, and somewhat less for associates. An HOUR. This is the way you want to spend tax dollars?
Adam January 16, 2014 at 03:32 PM
The GWB story reminds me of the movie "Becket" in which the King, who has lost control/influence of Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and surrounded by his personal Knights, wails "Is there no one who will release me of this pain, this Becket". The Knights look at each other and silently leave the King's chambers. They find Becket and kill him with their swords. The next day, the knights are at the King's court and the King solemly says that he will get to the bottom of this horrid crime and the perpertrators will pay for their villany. I am sure that Christie will get to the bottom of this horrid scandal, and people will pay for such villany.
Robert Yates January 16, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Why do politicians and police forces get to investigate their own transgressions? This is the height of absurdity. Do I get to investigate whether or not I was speeding when I get caught speeding. Also Mastro is deeply imbedded with the establishment GOP (check out his past relationship with Rudolph Guiliani) as well as the power elite in this country (check out his representation of Chevron, Amazon, etc. and his work as a US Attorney). When you think that hubris and political belligerence just can't get any worse, it does. And the democrats are just as bad. I have no idea how anyone can take any of these clowns (or donkeys or elephants) seriously.
Mortimer Snerd January 16, 2014 at 04:28 PM
Will Christie's hand-picked investigator (crony) report the findings immediately to the public and/or to the federal and state legislative investigators? Of course not. Christie's guys will simply tell him what we already know, but will also tell him there's no way he can escape blame for this scandal. Maybe even they'll tell him to resign (which would save us the costs of an impeachment).
Laura January 17, 2014 at 09:08 PM
Jimmy, Just one question. Why did Christie not ask the only question an innocent person would have asked Kelly? Why did you do it? He never asked that question because he knew the answer and wanted plausible deniability. He could therefore under oath say he had no idea why she would do something like that.
JeffO January 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Today the Record reports that Mastro is already helping Christie stonewall inquiries into the last round of bridge and tunnel toll hikes. Sure he wants to"cooperate." http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/Christies_GWB_counsel_fights_to_shield_toll_files.html
JeffO January 19, 2014 at 04:18 PM
What a lame response to Laura, Jimmy. Christie was her boss --not her attorney. What the heck is your point, other than you just can't bring yourself to say you don't have an answer.
Winter January 22, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Perhaps they should call on John Dean of Nixon's Watergate to head that internal investigation -- worked well for Dean :>)


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