The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case involving two former state officials convicted in New Jersey’s “Bridgegate” scandal.
The justices announced they will hear a case in the fall involving Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni. The two were convicted in 2016 on multiple counts of fraud and civil rights violations for changing the traffic pattern to the George Washington Bridge without telling local officials. They claimed the 2013 lane realignment of the bridge that connects New Jersey to New York City was part of a traffic study. The result was days of gridlock in the New Jersey town of Fort Lee.
Prosecutors alleged that Kelly and Baroni’s motive in realigning the lanes was to punish Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor for not endorsing their boss, Republican Gov. Chris Christie. At the time of the realignment, Kelly was Christie’s deputy chief of staff and Baroni was deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Christie wasn’t charged, but the subsequent scandal dragged down his 2016 presidential hopes.