Former Christie aide breaks silence after indictment

Bridget Anne Kelly maintains her innocence in the Bridge-Gate scandal.

Bridget Anne Kelly maintains her innocence in the Bridge-Gate scandal. (5/1/15)

LIVINGSTON - Former Gov. Chris Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly spoke out for the first time since the Bridge-Gate scandal broke.

Flanked by her attorney, Kelly maintained her innocence at a news conference held Friday afternoon.

"For over a year I've remained quiet, while many of the people I believed in, trusted and respected, have attempted to publicly discredit and humiliate me,” she said.

She said that Wildstein was a liar and that she will fight hard to clear herself of these charges.

Michael Baldassare, an attorney for Baroni, echoed the sentiment that Wildstein was lying at a separate news conference. 

“Today, habitual lair David Wildstein lied under oath to a federal judge about Bill Baroni,” Baldassare said.

Kelly, along with the former deputy director of the Port Authority Bill Baroni, were indicted Friday for their involvement with the closing of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee in September 2013.

Another former Port Authority official, David Wildstein, pleaded guilty in Newark Federal Court for his involvement in the scandal. He implicated himself, along with Kelly and Baroni and said that the three of them concocted the plan to get back at Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for his refusal to endorse Gov. Christie’s 2013 gubernatorial reelection campaign.

Kelly’s name became known in the case after an email she allegedly sent to Wildstein was leaked, saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Wildstein replied, “Got it.”

Baroni and Wildstein resigned from their positions at the Port Authority in the wake of the scandal. Kelly was fired from the governor’s office.

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