Jersey City Mayor Fulop on Bridgegate verdict: ‘A sad day for New Jersey’

NEW JERSEY — Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Christopher Christie, and Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty on all charges on Nov. 4 related to the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

This was allegedly done in as political retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee, who failed to endorse the reelection of Christie for governor in a scandal commonly called “Bridgegate.”

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who alleged that had also been victim of political retribution as well, had little to say on the outcome of the trial.

“There isn’t really much anyone can say other than this is a sad day for New Jersey,” he said.

Kelly and Baroni were found guilty on seven charges including conspiracy, fraud, and civil rights deprivation.

The verdict came after almost five days of jury deliberations. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 21. Both face up to 86 years in prison.

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