Bridgegate: Judge’s Ruling Signals Trouble for Defendants

Asbury Park Press reports, “The first full day of jury deliberation in the Bridgegate trial signaled trouble for Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, the former associates of Gov. Chris Christie fighting charges that they blocked access to the George Washington Bridge to punish a local mayor.” Judge Susan D. Wigenton ruled yesterday, November 1 — in response to a question from the jury — that each defendant could be found guilty of conspiracy without a determination that they intentionally punished Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie’s re-election. Although that is the reason prosecutors allege Kelly and Baroni conspired to close access lanes to the bridge, Wigenton said their motive “is not an element that has to be proved.” provides a detailed breakdown of the specific charges that Kelly and Baroni face.