Ex-Christie associate gets two years in prison in 'Bridgegate' scandal

Ex-Christie associate gets two years in prison in 'Bridgegate' scandalBy Joseph Ax NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) – A former associate of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison for his role in the “Bridgegate” lane closure scandal that played a part in torpedoing the Republican’s White House ambitions. Bill Baroni, 45, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was found guilty in November of plotting to close down access lanes at the heavily used George Washington Bridge in 2013 in an act of political retribution. Prosecutors said the massive traffic jam they deliberately created in the town of Fort Lee was intended to punish its Democratic mayor for refusing to back Christie’s re-election bid, as the governor’s aides tried to burnish his bipartisan credentials in advance of his run for president.



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