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Christie Hires Former Prosecutor to Help with Scandal

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In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives to deliver his State Of The State address at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has hired a legal team headed by a former federal prosecutor to assist with his administration's internal review of an apparent scandal that caused traffic jams for days on a major bridge.

Christie's office announced Thursday former federal prosecutor Randy Mastro will lead in reviewing office operations and assisting the administration during investigations.

The U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey and the state legislature are examining a September incident that shut down lanes to the George Washington Bridge that crosses from Ft. Lee, New Jersey into New York City.

Emails from a Christie aide indicate the lanes were closed as a political vendetta against Fort Lee's Democrat mayor.

The legislature is preparing to issue new subpoenas as part of its investigation. Christie is considered a strong Republican Party contender for the 2016 presidential election.