Two former aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have been found guilty on all counts in the so-called “Bridgegate” trial.
Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly were found guilty on nine counts of conspiracy and fraud charges for their role in shutting down lanes on the roads leading to the George Washington Bridge. The lane closures caused massive gridlock in Fort Lee, NJ, whose mayor refused to endorse Christie’s reelection bid. The traffic jam was allegedly orchestrated as an act of politcal payback.
BREAKING: Former Christie allies Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly have been found GUILTY on all counts in Bridgegate trial
— Noah Remnick (@NoahRemnick) November 4, 2016
The jury’s deliberations began Monday following a trial which lasted six weeks.
NJ.com reports that although Baroni and Kelly could face up to 20 years in prison, it is likely they will be sentenced to far less.
UPDATE 12:28 p.m. ET — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made the following statement, via Bradd Jaffy of NBC.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) November 4, 2016
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