Murphy hires ‘Deflategate’ lawyer in tax credits lawsuit

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy hired the attorney who led the National Football League’s investigation into New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to represent him in a lawsuit brought by a political powerbroker. The Democrat said Thursday he hired attorney Ted Wells in the suit brought by George Norcross and several companies over Murphy’s investigation into tax credits.Wells led the NFL’s 2015 investigation in the so-called Deflategate scandal about whether Brady tampered with balls before the AFC title game.

Norcross and the firms say the investigation unfairly targeted them. The task force publicized documents raising questions about whether the firms met requirements to get tax credits. It also made an unspecified criminal referral.

Norcross is an influential political donor and executive.

Wells is charging $395 an hour.