Ex-Christie associates guilty in New Jersey 'Bridgegate' scandal

Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Christie, exits the court in the Bridgegate trial at the Federal Courthouse in Newark, New JerseyBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two former associates of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were convicted on Friday for their roles in the “Bridgegate” lane closure scandal, following a six-week trial that served to further tarnish the Republican’s damaged reputation. Bridget Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty in Newark federal court on all counts. Christie, who is in charge of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s transition team, has not been criminally charged, but the scandal has torpedoed what was once seen as a promising political career.

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