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Meet Chris Christie's Smash-Mouth Defense Lawyer

Mastro in New York on Oct. 22, 2008
Mastro in New York on Oct. 22, 2008Photograph by Marc A. Hermann/AP Photo

Subtle he ain’t. That goes for the embattled governor of New Jersey and for the heavy-hitting white-collar defense lawyer he’s retained to fend off investigations of Bridgegate.

New York politicos responded with an “of course he did” when word came yesterday that Governor Chris Christie had hired Randy Mastro of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to deal with legislative probes of the Fort Lee (N.J.) traffic scandal that has imperiled the pugnacious politician’s presidential ambitions. Mastro has historic ties to Christie ally Rudolph Giuliani, for whom Mastro served as a top deputy in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office and at New York’s City Hall. During the Giuliani administration in the 1990s, Mastro headed an offensive against organized crime that infected the Fulton Fish Market, the private garbage industry, and Little Italy’s famous Feast of San Gennaro festival.