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The bridge scandal that has been rocking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration is now linked in at least one more small way to a billion-dollar redevelopment project in the state.

On Friday, news broke that one of the officials embroiled in the scandal had hired the high-powered New Jersey lawfirm of Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster to represent him as both state and federal authorities investigate the matter.

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The company tied to the latest explosive allegations against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) office said this week that the donations it made to politicians and committees over the years were proper.

Rockefeller Group arrived in the spotlight this week after the mayor of Hoboken, N.J. alleged Christie's administration had threatened to withhold hurricane relief money unless she approved a real estate project involving the company.

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When we last heard about the federal investigation of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the FBI was reportedly looking into whether someone had set out to smear the Democrat during his 2012 re-election campaign.

But according to a report Thursday from NBC's New York City affiliate, a federal criminal investigation is still very much focused on Menendez himself, and has widened to include the senator's efforts "on behalf of two fugitive bankers from Ecuador."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and a key executive for a firm linked to the latest allegations against his administration have more than a decade of deep ties to the same charity.

Both Christie and Rockefeller Group Executive Vice President Leslie "Les" Smith have served on the board of Daytop New Jersey, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment and education program with facilities throughout the state. They have also attended and chaired Daytop events together.

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The long-running investigation into former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, finally resulted Tuesday in federal charges filed against both of them.

In a detailed indictment, the government laid out the beginnings of its case against the couple, painting a picture of a powerful but cash-strapped couple who turned to a donor and businessman for financial help and luxury goodies. The whole sad thing, if you take the government at its word, started because Maureen McDonnell wanted a nice dress to wear to her husband's inauguration. (You can read that and other indictment highlights here.)

The indictment also produced a list of the items related to the case the McDonnells will be forced to turn over should they be convicted.

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A video found by TPM on Wednesday shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) speaking in September at a gala where he met with a key executive of the company tied to the latest allegations hitting his administration.

In the video, Christie appears to speak fondly of the executive, Leslie Smith, and refers to him by the name "Les."

The footage, which was originally posted by Newark Star-Ledger newspaper in September, has resurfaced just days after the mayor of Hoboken, N.J. unleashed explosive allegations that involve Christie's administration and Smith's Rockefeller Group development firm.

The mayor said over the weekend that Christie's administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds from her city unless she approved a real estate project on land owned by the company.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) met in September with a key executive for a development company at the center of the latest allegations hitting his administration.

The allegations were lodged by Hoboken, N.J. Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who said that the Christie administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy aid from her city unless she approved a development planned for a lot owned by the company.

In a photo first surfaced Tuesday by the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper, Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, were shown standing alongside Rockefeller Group Executive Vice President Leslie Smith at an event last September.

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The George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal isn't just about the bridge and the lanes anymore. While all the attention at first was focused on Fort Lee, N.J. Mayor Mark Sokolich -- whose decision not to endorse Gov. Chris Christie's (R) re-election last year was seen by some as the motivation for the traffic-jamming closures -- in recent days a number of other New Jersey mayors have come forward with fresh allegations about actions taken by Christie's administration. These mayors say they've gotten their own taste Christie retaliation:

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