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Three Charged in Gov. Christie's 'Bridgegate' Scandal

A culmination of sorts for the "Bridgegate" scandal—though three former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been indicted (one pleading guilty), Gov. Christie has not been implicated in the controversy.
May 1, 2015, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"After a 16-month federal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closings scandal, a judge in New Jersey on Friday unsealed indictments against two people close to Gov. Chris Christie, outlining a conspiracy to exact political vengeance against a mayor for his failure to endorse the governor’s re-election," report Kate Zernike and Mark Santora.

The indicted and the charges are as follows:

  • "Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Bridget Anne Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, were charged with nine counts, including conspiracy to commit fraud by 'knowingly converting and intentionally misapplying property of an organization receiving federal benefits.'"
  • Also, "David Wildstein, another former Port Authority official and a high school friend of Mr. Christie, pleaded guilty at the United States District Court in Newark to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy against civil rights."

The article includes more details about what the charges mean for the three accused of fraud and conspiracy, as well as the possibilities that their crimes could some day be tied to Governor Christie.

The Associated Press also reported on the latest developments in the scandal

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Published on Friday, May 1, 2015 in New York Times
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