Emails sent by Bridge-Gate defendant Bridget Kelly scrutinized in cross-examination
Prosecutors in the Bridge-Gate lane-closing trial spent most of Tuesday's cross-examination of defendant Bridget Kelly going over various emails she supposedly sent during her time as an aide to Gov. Chris Christie.
Kelly said an email she sent saying "time for some traffic problems" near the George Washington Bridge referred to a traffic study, not a political retaliation plot.
Kelly repeated her testimony from Friday that she used a poor choice of words when she emailed former bridge authority official David Wildstein. She said Tuesday that the email referred to the traffic that would ensue once the lanes were closed. She said she believed it was a legitimate traffic study.
Prosecutors say that many of the emails Kelly sent showed that she had a history of punishing state officials when they did not endorse Gov. Christie.
They went over emails Kelly sent that canceled state meetings with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop after he refused to endorse the governor's re-election campaign.
Kelly testified that she canceled those meetings because she was told to by Gov. Christie, who she says yelled at her. But prosecutors showed emails she apparently sent where she said she had a "distaste" for Fulop and said that he was out of control.
Prosecutors say the "time for some traffic problems" email shows similar sentiments regarding the Fort Lee mayor.
Kelly's attorney says the emails seem worse than they are.
"I think everyone's emails examined under a microscope, I think they'd find sarcasm," says defense attorney Michael Critchley.
Kelly and Baroni are charged with closing bridge access lanes and causing gridlock to punish Fort Mayor Mark Sokolich, who also did not endorse Gov. Christie.
Kelly's cross-examination is expected to continue. Closing arguments are expected to begin once Kelly steps down.