Ques­tions on Christie role swirl af­ter ex-al­lies’ con­vic­tion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

Two for­mer aides to Gov. Chris Christie were con­victed Fri­day of caus­ing traf­fic jams for po­lit­i­cal re­venge near the na­tion’s busiest bridge, a ver­dict that raised anew ques­tions about why the Repub­li­can gover­nor and his in­ner cir­cle es­caped pros­e­cu­tion.

Brid­get Kelly, Christie’s for­mer deputy chief of staff, and Bill Ba­roni, Christie’s ap­pointee to the Port Author­ity of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty of all counts against them. Kelly cried as the ver­dict was read; Ba­roni showed no emo­tion. Both de­fen­dants an­nounced plans to ap­peal.

Tes­ti­mony dur­ing the seven-week trial con­tra­dicted Christie’s state­ments about when he knew about the four days of grid­lock in the town of Fort Lee in Septem­ber 2013.

The traf­fic jams were aimed at re­tal­i­at­ing against Demo­cratic Mayor Mark Sokolich for not en­dors­ing Christie’s re-elec­tion, pros­e­cu­tors al­leged.

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