Friday, July 21, 2006

Farber - Bergen Record - Farber paying own legal fees

Published in the Bergen Record, Thursday, July 20, 2006

Corzine expects Farber to pay own lawyer fees


TRENTON -- Governor Corzine expects New Jersey Attorney General Zulima Farber to pay her own lawyer fees related to an investigation of her role in a recent traffic stop involving her boyfriend, the governor's spokesman said Tuesday.

"Our full expectation is that the attorney general will pay for this cost herself. Period," said Anthony Coley, a spokesman for Corzine.

With Republicans clamoring over the potential cost of the investigation, Corzine and a special prosecutor ordered to investigate possible misconduct by Farber said there was no predetermined cap on the cost of the probe.

However, they stressed that cost was being carefully watched.

"We need to do the job efficiently, and thoroughly, and fairly, and do it as expeditiously as possible," Corzine said.

Stuart Rabner, Corzine's chief counsel, informed Farber earlier this month that he had appointed retired Appeals Court Judge Richard J. Williams to investigate the matter.

Farber has denied doing anything to influence Fairview police, who stopped her boyfriend the Friday of Memorial Day weekend for a traffic violation.

Farber showed up at the scene, driven there in her state car. Though her boyfriend's van was found to be improperly registered, it was not impounded.

Meanwhile, Williams said he has hired two private attorneys and two investigators to help him with the case, which prompted Republicans to jump all over the question of cost.

"What's the price tag on her lack of judgment?" asked state Republican Party Chairman Tom Wilson.

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