Bridge-Gate defendants can subpoena Christie office documents

The two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie charged in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal will get a chance to force the release of

The defendants in the Bridge-Gate scandal can subpoena Christie office documents.

The defendants in the Bridge-Gate scandal can subpoena Christie office documents. (2/5/16)

NEWARK - The two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie charged in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal will get a chance to force the release of documents from the law firm whose 2014 report absolved Christie from blame.

Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly are accused of orchestrating the lane closures in September 2013 to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie's re-election.

The lane closures caused massive traffic issues in the town for several days until Port Authority of New York and New Jersey leaders stepped in to stop it.

Kelly and Baroni were indicted last year. Their trial is scheduled for mid-May.

Kelly was Christie's deputy chief of staff and Baroni was a top appointee to the Port Authority.

On Friday, a judge allowed their attorneys to subpoena documents from the Gibson Dunn law firm that include communications from Christie staffers during the lane closures.

Christie, who hasn't been charged, is in New Hampshire seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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