In varied ways, costs of New Jersey bridge scandal add up

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Posted: Aug 28, 2016 12:31 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nearly three years after New Jersey traffic lanes were closed leading to the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of political revenge, the costs continue to mount.

Taxpayers are footing millions in legal fees, Gov. Chris Christie's political trajectory has been altered and the agency that operates the bridge is unable to find a new chief.

Two former Christie loyalists go on trial next month for their alleged roles. They are accused of deliberately creating traffic jams to punish a Democratic mayor for not endorsing the Republican governor in 2013, then concocting a cover story woven into a traffic study.

Christie hasn't been charged, but the scandal has lingered through his failed presidential bid and his second term as governor.