(CNN) - A key figure in the political scandal roiling Chris Christie’s administration is no longer out of work.
Bill Baroni took a position with the law firm Hill Wallack LLP in Princeton this week, the firm said in a statement.
Baroni was No. 2 at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey when it was suggested that Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams by closing access lanes near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee last September to punish that town’s mayor politically for not endorsing the governor’s reelection.
Baroni has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but he resigned from his Port Authority post not long after publicly saying in November that the gridlock resulted from a traffic study, an explanation that has since been called into question.
Emails and text messages between several of Christie’s appointees released in January suggested the lane closures were orchestrated by David Wildstein another Port Authority official appointed by Christie who worked directly under Baroni.
A state legislative committee and the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey are investigating the scandal that has called into question Christie’s forceful governing style and clouded prospects for a possible 2016 presidential run.
Christie has said he only found out about the traffic jams after they occurred and had no knowledge of any political mischief involving his appointees.
Baroni did not return calls from CNN about his new job.
Hill Wallack is a major law firm in New Jersey specializing in governmental affairs, real estate and commercial business.
Lawyers from the firm have been heavily involved in land use issues across the state. They also do business with casinos in Atlantic City.