Patton Boggs Hired in Bridgegate by Christie Campaign, New Jersey GOP

, New Jersey Law Journal


Mark Sheridan
Mark Sheridan

The fast-moving investigation into George Washington Bridge lane closures last fall has Gov. Chris Christie’s administration and current and former aides scrambling for counsel—and Big Law is benefiting from the demand.

The latest subpoenaed parties to lawyer up are Christie’s reelection campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee, who on Thursday retained Patton Boggs.

They have been served with three subpoenas, two issued Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey; the other, last week, by a special state legislative committee.

Partners Mark Sheridan, of the firm’s Newark office, and Robert Luskin, in Washington, D.C., will spearhead the representation, says firm spokesman Elliott Frieder.

Sheridan­—who handles government investigations, white-collar defense and insurance matters—is a familiar face: He’s general counsel to the Republican State Committee and was a member of Christie’s transition team.

Luskin, a former Justice Department attorney, played a supervisory role in the ABSCAM investigation. He concentrates now in defending official corruption cases and has represented judges and other high-profile clients, including Karl Rove, a onetime adviser to President George W. Bush implicated in a CIA leak investigation.

Neither responded to an interview request made through Frieder.

Ben Sparks, spokesman for the New Jersey Republicans, didn’t return a call.

Since Jan. 8, when it was revealed that Christie’s deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and Port Authority Deputy Executive Director David Wildstein ordered unannounced lane closures in order to cause traffic gridlock in Fort Lee, the scandal has unfolded almost daily.

On Jan. 9, Christie fired Kelly and denied knowledge of the conspiracy. Wildstein and Port Authority Executive Director Bill Baroni already had resigned in December.

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