2 former Gov. Christie allies convicted in Bridgegate

FILE - In this April 12, 2014, file photo, vehicles drive on the southbound side of the Pulaski Skyway while the northbound side is closed off to traffic on the first day of the bridge's two-year closure in Newark, N.J. Documents obtained by The Associated Press offer a peek into the legal strategies being explored by officials for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who are under investigation for a controversial decision to divert $1.8 billion from a rail project to state highway repairs. The Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission have both been examining whether the Port Authority misled bondholders when it used the money on state roads it didn’t own, including the Pulaski Skyway, an elevated road connecting two New Jersey cities, Newark and Jersey City. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this April 12, 2014, file photo, vehicles drive on the southbound side of the Pulaski Skyway while the northbound side is closed off to traffic on the first day of the bridge's two-year closure in Newark, N.J. Documents obtained by The Associated Press offer a peek into the legal strategies being explored by officials for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who are under investigation for a controversial decision to divert $1.8 billion from a rail project to state highway repairs. The Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission have both been examining whether the Port Authority misled bondholders when it used the money on state roads it didn’t own, including the Pulaski Skyway, an elevated road connecting two New Jersey cities, Newark and Jersey City. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been convicted in a plot to use traffic jams for political retaliation.

Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty Friday of all counts against them.

Kelly and Baroni were convicted of scheming with former Christie ally David Wildstein to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing him when he ran for re-election in 2013. Wildstein pleaded guilty.

Christie has denied any knowledge of the plot. But Kelly, Baroni and Wildstein all testified Christie was informed about the lane closings either before or while they were going on.

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