Christie's former allies found guilty in Bridgegate trial

NEWARK — A jury found two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie guilty on all counts in the George Washington Bridge lane closure trial on Friday.

On Friday, the jury entered its fifth day of considering the legal fates of Bridget Anne Kelly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, once the governor’s top appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The two are accused of working with another former Port Authority official, David Wildstein, to reduce access lanes to the bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., over five mornings in September 2013 to send a message to the borough’s Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, for declining to endorse Christie, a Republican, for re-election.

Wildstein, who pleaded guilty, cooperated with prosecutors.

On Thursday, Baroni's attorney, Michael Baldassare, filed a motion seeking a mistrial. The four-page letter arguing for it was mostly redacted, making it unclear why attorneys were seeking a mistrial.

The mistrial request came a day after the defense teams asked Judge Susan D. Wigenton to reverse an instruction to the jury that Kelly and Baroni did not have to intentionally punish the mayor to be found guilty of conspiracy. Kelly and Baroni are charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and civil rights violations in the traffic scheme.


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