George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal

FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second from left, arrives to apologize in person to Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich, with the Republican governor insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams to get even with the Democratic mayor, at City Hall in Fort Lee, N.J. Taxpayers have paid more than $15 million for former Gov. Christie's legal response to the political scandal over the September 2013 shutdown of lanes to the George Washington Bridge, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press in April 2018, and costs could climb during appeals. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 30, 2018 - 1:25 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Taxpayers have paid more than $15 million for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's legal response to the George Washington Bridge scandal, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press, and the cost could climb since digital records must be retained during an appeal...
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This combination of March 29, 2017, file photos shows Bridget Kelly, left, leaving federal court after sentencing in Newark, N.J., and Bill Baroni leaving federal court after sentencing in Newark. The two former allies of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who were convicted in November 2016 of fraud, conspiracy and civil rights violations for closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September 2013, are challenging their convictions in federal court, with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia set to consider the case on April 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
March 02, 2018 - 8:00 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former allies of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie convicted in an alleged plot to use traffic jams to punish a mayor for not endorsing the Republican will have their appeals considered by a federal court next month. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia...
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David Wildstein, left, walks with his attorney Alan Zegas from a federal court in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, July 12, 2017, after he was sentenced. Wildstein, a former ally to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme, will avoid prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two former aides to him. Federal Judge Susan Wigenton sentenced him to three years' probation, along with 500 hours of community service and a ban on working in government. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
July 12, 2017 - 2:45 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former political blogger and high school classmate of Gov. Chris Christie's who masterminded the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme in a misguided political vendetta was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation, the likely final act in a scandal that...
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David Wildstein, left, walks with his attorney Alan Zegas from a federal court in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, July 12, 2017, after he was sentenced. Wildstein, a former ally to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme, will avoid prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two former aides to him. Federal Judge Susan Wigenton sentenced him to three years' probation, along with 500 hours of community service and a ban on working in government. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
July 12, 2017 - 1:36 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former ally to Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme will avoid prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two of the governor's former aides. Federal Judge Susan Wigenton in Newark...
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FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2016, file photo, David Wildstein arrives for a hearing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Newark, N.J. Wildstein faces 21 to 27 months in prison at his Wednesday, July 12, 2017, sentencing for orchestrating George Washington Bridge lane closures in 2013 to punish Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who didn't endorse Republican Gov. Chris Christie's re-election. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to allow Wildstein to avoid prison because his testimony helped convict two of Christie's former aides. Wildstein, appointed to The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey by Christie in 2010, pleaded guilty May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 12, 2017 - 1:11 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former ally to Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme will avoid prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two former aides to him. Federal Judge Susan Wigenton in Newark sentenced David...
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FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2016, file photo, David Wildstein arrives for a hearing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Newark, N.J. Wildstein faces 21 to 27 months in prison at his Wednesday, July 12, 2017, sentencing for orchestrating George Washington Bridge lane closures in 2013 to punish Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who didn't endorse Republican Gov. Chris Christie's re-election. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to allow Wildstein to avoid prison because his testimony helped convict two of Christie's former aides. Wildstein, appointed to The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey by Christie in 2010, pleaded guilty May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 12, 2017 - 1:11 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial (all times local): 1 p.m. Gov. Chris Christie's spokesman says the mastermind of the George Washington Bridge scandal came up with the scheme by himself and created the culture that led to it. Brian Murray said...
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FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2016, file photo, David Wildstein arrives for a hearing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Newark, N.J. Wildstein faces 21 to 27 months in prison at his Wednesday, July 12, 2017, sentencing for orchestrating George Washington Bridge lane closures in 2013 to punish Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who didn't endorse Republican Gov. Chris Christie's re-election. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to allow Wildstein to avoid prison because his testimony helped convict two of Christie's former aides. Wildstein, appointed to The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey by Christie in 2010, pleaded guilty May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 12, 2017 - 12:32 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former ally to Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme will avoid prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two former aides to him. Federal Judge Susan Wigenton in Newark sentenced David...
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FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2016, file photo, David Wildstein arrives for a hearing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Newark, N.J. Wildstein faces 21 to 27 months in prison at his Wednesday, July 12, 2017, sentencing for orchestrating George Washington Bridge lane closures in 2013 to punish Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who didn't endorse Republican Gov. Chris Christie's re-election. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to allow Wildstein to avoid prison because his testimony helped convict two of Christie's former aides. Wildstein, appointed to The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey by Christie in 2010, pleaded guilty May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 12, 2017 - 9:57 am
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — One was a high school baseball player in the late 1970s who dreamed of playing for the New York Mets but went on to become a federal prosecutor and, ultimately, governor. Less athletically inclined, the other was the baseball team's statistician who became a behind-the-scenes...
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Bill Baroni arrives for sentencing at federal court in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Baroni and Bridget Kelly, former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, are scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
March 29, 2017 - 3:29 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison Wednesday for their role in a political revenge plot involving traffic jams at the country's busiest bridge, a scandal that sank the Republican's presidential aspirations. Bill Baroni, Christie's appointee to the...
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FILE - This photo combo taken Nov. 3, 2016, shows Bridget Kelly, left, who was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, right, who was Christie's former top appointee at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, entering court in Newark, N.J. Prosecutors wrote to a judge Monday, March 27, 2017, that Kelly and Baroni committed perjury on the witness stand during their fall 2016 corruption trial, and shouldn't be given any leniency during their sentencing scheduled Wednesday, March 29. (AP Photos/Julio Cortez, File)
March 29, 2017 - 9:24 am
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie will be sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, the closing chapter of a traffic jam that sank the Republican's presidential aspirations. Bridget Kelly, 44, and Bill Baroni, 45, were...
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