Christie aide gets two years in prison for role in Bridgegate scandal
By Kaja Whitehouse and Bruce Golding
March 29, 2017 | 12:22pm | Updated
Cristie aide gets two years in prison for role in Bridgegate scandal
Chris Christie won't face criminal charges in Bridgegate scandalFormer Port Authority exec Bill Baroni was sentenced Wednesday to two years in the slammer for his role in the “Bridgegate” scandal that scuttled the presidential aspirations of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Baroni, a Christie appointee to the bistate transit agency, and Bridget Kelly, a former top aide to the embattled governor, were convicted last year of scheming to close approach lanes to the George Washington Bridge in a political revenge plot that snarled rush-hour traffic for nearly a week in September 2013.
Kelly faces sentencing Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier this week, prosecutors asked Newark federal Judge Susan Wigenton to sentence Baroni and Kelly “at the bottom or modestly below” guidelines of 37 to 46 months behind bars.
Key testimony against Baroni and Kelly came from cooperating witness David Wildstein, another Christie appointee to the Port Authority, who admitted conspiring with them to “punish” Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for refusing to endorse the Republican governor’s 2013 re-election bid.
Wildstein also testified that Christie laughed while discussing the snarled traffic with him and Baroni during a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero.
Under terms of his plea deal, Wildstein agreed to spend up to 27 months in prison. His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.
In 2015, Christie kicked off an unsuccessful campaign for the White House and later became the first failed GOP candidate to endorse now-President Donald Trump, who said on the stump that Christie “totally knew” about the lane-closure scheme.Christie publicly blamed the scandal as the reason he was passed over as Trump’s pick for vice president, and he also got shut out of a spot in the president’s cabinet.
Poll results released Monday put Christie’s approval rating at a dismal 20 percent, with 72 percent of registered voters saying they disapproved of the job he’s doing.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey marked a slight improvement over the 17 percent Christie notched in a January poll by Quinnipiac University.
That finding tied him for the lowest-ever job approval rating with former Gov.s Brendan Byrne and Jim Florio, whose popularity plummeted for enacting and hiking state taxes, respectively.http://nypost.com/2017/03/29/christie ... le-in-bridgegate-scandal/