Bridgegate (The Main Event): Defense Argues that Christie Staffers Knew, but Asked Few Questions reports, “The defense in the Bridgegate trial argued Wednesday [October 19] that high-level officials inside the Christie administration did not question the 2013 politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge even as the scandal unfolded and public pressure escalated. At the same time, one of those charged in the scheme, former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni, told jurors he was left alone to explain what he said he believed to be a legitimate traffic study.