NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two former political allies of New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie have pleaded not guilty after they were charged in a scheme to close lanes of the George Washington Bridge as political retribution.
Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and his former top appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Bill Baroni, entered the pleas through their attorneys Monday before a judge in Newark. They were named in a nine-count indictment unsealed Friday after a yearlong investigation.
Bail for both has been set at $150,000 and the trial was tentatively set for July 7.
“I would never risk my career, my job, my reputation for something like this. I am an innocent man,” Baroni said Monday. “I will spend every day working to clear my name and get my reputation back.”
Baroni said he will testify on his own behalf as soon as the trial begins.