2 former Christie allies convicted in lane-closing scheme

Bill Baroni, right, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former top appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arrives at Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Court, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Baroni and Bridget Kelly are charged with scheming to use traffic jams to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie in 2013. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Bill Baroni, right, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former top appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arrives at Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Court, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Baroni and Bridget Kelly are charged with scheming to use traffic jams to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie in 2013. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been convicted in a plot to use traffic jams for political retaliation.

Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty Friday of all counts against them.

Kelly and Baroni were convicted of scheming with former Christie ally David Wildstein to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing him when he ran for re-election in 2013. Wildstein pleaded guilty.

Christie has denied any knowledge of the plot. But Kelly, Baroni and Wildstein all testified Christie was informed about the lane closings either before or while they were going on.

 

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