New Jersey’s Gov. Corzine Mired in Secret Skadden Arps Contract Scandal

New Jersey's Gov. Corzine Mired in Secret Skadden Arps Contract Scandal

By wmurray
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

...Governor Corzine owes the people of this state a full accounting of this outrageous contract awarded in secrecy under a waiver from advertising for competition. This is yet one more sorry example of the Governor failing to disclose what he is doing with the public’s money, said Senator Beck....

* 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.

...This Governor has promised transparency and it is time he lived up to it, commented O’Scanlon....

...This $548 per hour contract was awarded with special exceptions to advertising requirements, thereby limiting competition. I’m certain there were other firms capable of doing this work for less than $548 per hour, concluded Casagrande....

http://www.politickernj.com/beck-o’scanlon-casagrande-governor-must-explain-548-hour-legal-contract-given-skadden-arps-16952

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