“Bridgegate” has yielded another round of convictions.* After a six-week trial and five days of jury deliberations, two of New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s former aides were found guilty this morning of offenses related to the politically motivated closing of lanes leading to the George Washington bridge. Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, were convicted of fraud, conspiracy, and failing to uphold civil rights. Both aides face up to 20 years in prison. In September 2013, the jury found, the pair conspired to close traffic lanes from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge in order to punish Fort Lee’s mayor Mark Sokolich, who had refused to endorse Governor Christie’s re-election campaign.
*This post originally mistakenly said that today’s convictions were the first ones in the Bridgegate case. In fact, David Wildstein, a witness for the prosecution in the trial of Baroni and Kelly, pled guilty in 2015 to his role in the scandal.