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Chris Christie hires outside law firm in bridge probe

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(Credit: Gov. Chris Christie gives his state address on Jan. 14, 2014. (Getty))

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Thursday he hired a law firm to help his office as federal prosecutors investigate whether any law was broken when one of his aides ordered an apparent politically motivated traffic jam.

A star of the Republican Party, Christie has been grappling with a scandal for the past week, since the release of e-mails showing a top aide calling for "traffic...

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Lis Smith officially leaves de Blasio's team

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(Credit: Eliot Spitzer and Lis Smith (Charles Eckert))

Lis Smith, who was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's chief spokeswoman during the transition between his election and inauguration, is moving on.

Smith had been officially on vacation since Christmastime revelations that she's dating former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 because of a prostitution scandal. She was a spokeswoman for Spitzer's failed comeback bid as city comptroller...

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