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.