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Bridgegate: Two Former Aides to Chris Christie Convicted in Lane-Closure Scandal

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A jury has found two of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s former allies guilty on all counts for their roles in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, capping a case that roiled state politics and captured national attention.

Christie’s ex-deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and his former top Port Authority official, Bill Baroni, had faced nine counts of conspiracy and fraud stemming from the scheme to block access to the George Washington Bridge as a means to punish Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie’s re-election bid.

The verdict comes after seven weeks of dramatic testimony in which prosecutors argued the two spearheaded the plan in September 2013. Although Christie has maintained he had no knowledge or involvement in the lane closures, the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal has dogged the Republican for three years and undercut his failed presidential bid before it even began. Christie is a top Donald Trump surrogate and is currently planning the Republican nominee’s transition team if he wins the presidency.

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forjamesbridgegate1New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly, center, and her attorney Michael Critchley, second from left, leave Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse after a hearing on Sept. 26 in Newark. Mel Evans / AP

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