PolitickerNJ.com, March 3, 2008
O’SCANLON, CASAGRANDE: GOVERNOR MUST EXPLAIN $548 PER HOUR LEGAL CONTRACT GIVEN TO SKADDEN ARPS
$4 MILLION AND CLIMBING FOR LEGAL WORK ON FAILED ROAD TAX PLAN
* Under what authority was the contract offered considering the current budget providing a blank check for vendor services did not become law until five months after the contract was signed?
* Why was a $548 per hour contract agreed to which appears to be the most expensive hourly rate the State has ever agreed to pay?
* Why were there days when more than 30 lawyers at Skadden were all working on the matter and all billing $548 per hour for their work, with daily billings exceeding $75, 000.