As 'Bridgegate' trial begins, New Jersey's Christie remains focus

New Jersey Governor Christie reacts to a question during a news conference in TrentonBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not expected to attend the trial this week of two former associates charged in the 2013 “Bridgegate” scandal, but the failed Republican presidential hopeful’s shadow will loom over the proceedings. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in federal court in Newark, New Jersey. Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly are charged with conspiracy and fraud in a nine-count indictment alleging they arranged lane closings that caused gridlock on the heavily traveled George Washington Bridge.

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