Barry Pollack Quoted Regarding N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and the GW Bridge Lane Closure Investigation in The Wall Street Journal

"Justice Department Opens Inquiry Into N.J. Governor Bridge Scandal"
The Wall Street Journal
01.09.14Barry Pollack was quoted regarding a recently opened investigation into New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's role in the September 2013 lane closures of the George Washington Bridge and whether or not those closures violated criminal law. While Section 666 of the federal criminal code outlines an official's intent to misapply property valued at more than $5000 as a crime, prosecutors have rarely invoked the statute and practitioners remain unclear on whether the action constitutes a violation. "I think using that statute is trying too hard to fit a square peg into a round hole," Pollack said. "This isn't a case about theft or bribery, it's not about any economic motive. It is purely politically motivated. I think it is a real stretch to say you have stolen government funds because you act in a way that is motivated by a desire to exact political revenge."
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