NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case have filed for new trials.
A jury last Friday convicted Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Baroni, a top appointee to the authority that operates the bridge, of fraud, conspiracy and misusing the bridge for improper purposes.
Prosecutors said they engineered traffic jams to retaliate against a mayor who didn’t endorse Christie in 2013.
Christie wasn’t charged, but testimony during the trial contradicted what he’s said he knew about the alleged scheme. He has continued this week to deny any knowledge.
A third person, who had attended high school with Christie and was hired by Baroni, pleaded guilty and testified for the government.
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