New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is unlikely to face criminal prosecution for the "Bridgegate" lane closure scandal, even after two of his former associates were convicted for their roles in the scheme on Friday. Defense attorney Michael Critchley told reporters today that Kelly was being used as a "scapegoat" in this case, and that the defense meant to appeal the guilty verdict.
Gov. Christie, who is head of the transition team for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, has consistently denied knowing about the lane closures in advance or while they were ongoing, and had no role in authorizing them, despite multiple instances in which the defense and prosecutors provided testimony and evidence to the contrary.
Christie himself maintains he did not know about the retaliatory scheme, despite his former aides testifying at trial that they informed him before and during the lane closures that paralyzed Fort Lee with backed-up traffic. "During the trial, numerous witnesses offered testimony under oath that directly contradicts Governor Christie's public statements".
Ten days after the lane-closure scandal erupted January 8, 2014, the mayor of Hoboken, N.J., publicly alleged that Christie administration officials had threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy recovery money from her city unless she fast-tracked a real-estate development that a client of Samson's law firm had proposed.
Kelly appeared visibly distraught when leaving the courthouse with her attorney, Michael Critchley. Lee (a tiny town near the bridge) for not endorsing Christie's re-election bid that year. Sentencing was scheduled for February 21. He repeated his assertions that he had no knowledge of the plot and said he would "set the record straight" soon about "the lies told by the media and in the courtroom".
Kelly and Baroni were found guilty on seven charges including conspiracy, fraud, and civil rights deprivation. "And I suspect there'll be further ramifications in New Jersey for certain". "In May 2015, the evidence that we had was sufficient to indict and convict Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni and that's the indictment we asked the grand jury to return".
During the Bridgegate trial, Kelly's defense painted her as a helpless scapegoat who just did as she was told. He also points the finger to the New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino who was at one point reportedly "chief counsel to Christie and his then-Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly" reports CNN.
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