2 ex-Christie aides convicted in Bridge-Gate plot want new trial

Bridge-Gate defendant Bridget Kelly breaks down after the conviction ruling. She and co-defendant Bill Baroni have filed a motion for a new trial.

Bridge-Gate defendant Bridget Kelly breaks down after the conviction ruling. She and co-defendant Bill Baroni have filed a motion for a new trial. (11/11/16)

NEWARK - Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie convicted in the Bridge-Gate lane-closing case have filed for a new trial.

Former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly and former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni filed separate motions Friday.

A jury convicted Kelly and Baroni of fraud, conspiracy and misusing the bridge for improper purposes last Friday.

Prosecutors said they engineered traffic jams to retaliate against Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who didn't endorse Christie in 2013.

Christie wasn't charged, but testimony during the trial contradicted what he's said he knew about the scheme. He has continued this week to deny any knowledge of the plot.

David Wildstein, another former Port Authority official, pleaded guilty in the case. Wildstein was the admitted mastermind behind the plot and testified for the prosecution.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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