Ex-Christie allies are at court for hearing in bridge case
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former political allies of New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie have arrived at a federal courthouse to face charges stemming from the politically motivated lane closures of the George Washington Bridge.
Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and his former top appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Bill Baroni, are scheduled to make initial appearances Monday before a judge in Newark.
Kelly and a lawyer for Baroni say they are not guilty.
Former Christie ally David Wildstein pleaded guilty Friday to two criminal counts.
Wildstein admitted he helped plot lane closures in Fort Lee on an approach to the world's busiest bridge as political payback against that community's Democratic mayor for failing to support Christie's re-election campaign.