Chiesa law firm bills surpass $2.8 million for Atlantic City takeover | Breaking News

ATLANTIC CITY — The law firm in charge of overseeing the state takeover of the resort has billed state taxpayers a total of $2.8 million since it was appointed in November.

Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi, based in West Orange, Essex County, billed the state $181,724 for work performed in July, according to invoices the state released late Wednesday through an Open Public Records Act request. About $100,000 of the July total is tied to the current legal battle between the state and firefighters union. 

Christie appointed Jeffrey Cheisa in November to oversee the city’s operation on behalf of the state.

Chiesa can bill up to $400 per hour. In addition, partners at his law firm can bill $350 per hour, associates can charge $240 per hour and paralegals can bill $90 per hour for their work, according to the firm’s retention agreement.

Chiesa, a former U.S. senator, state attorney general and close ally of Gov. Chris Christie, struck a $72 million tax settlement with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa that saved the city $93 million, according to the state.

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