New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) 2013 reelection campaign has accumulated more than $800,000 in debt from legal costs associated with Bridgegate, a new campaign finance report shows.
The debt is split between about $500,000 owed to the law firm Patton Boggs and about $300,000 to the firm Stroz Friedberg. This debt is in addition to about $500,000 owed by the New Jersey Republican Party.
The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission voted last year to allow Christie’s campaign to continue to raise money because of the investigation over the closing of the George Washington Bridge, although it may not have to pay it all off. Under state law, after seven years, a campaign can ask the commission to stop filing quarterly finance report if it proves it attempted to pay off debt, expects no additional contributions, and has liquidated its assets.
Christie is not named as a defendant in a complaint about the bridge closing filed late last year because there is no evidence he was involved. His popularity in the state has dropped dramatically since the scandal.