APNewsBreak: NJ pays $1.5M in suit involving Christie allies


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey prosecutor who claimed he was fired because of political treachery by members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has received a $1.5 million settlement from the state.

The six-year legal saga has cost New Jersey taxpayers more than $3 million in attorney fees paid to an outside law firm.

Bennett Barlyn is a former assistant Hunterdon County prosecutor. He was suspended then fired in 2010, not long after New Jersey’s attorney general’s office asked a judge to dismiss a 43-count indictment against Hunterdon County Sheriff Deborah Trout and two subordinates.

Barlyn claimed he was fired because he told a superior the case was dismissed because the defendants were Christie supporters and because a member of Christie’s 2010 transition team was interviewed, though not charged, in the case.

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