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Unanimous Supreme Court throws out NJ 'Bridgegate' convictions

‘Bridgegate’ defendants Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni
Posted at 10:22 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 10:22:54-04

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown out the convictions of two people involved in New Jersey’s “Bridgegate” scandal.

The court says in a unanimous decision that the government had overreached in prosecuting Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni for their roles in creating a massive traffic jam to punish a New Jersey mayor who refused to endorse the reelection of then-Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

They were convicted of fraud and conspiracy for scheming in 2013 to change the traffic flow onto the George Washington Bridge between New York City and New Jersey to artificially create gridlock in New Jersey’s Fort Lee.

The traffic change came after Fort Lee’s mayor, a Democrat, declined to endorse Christie.