‘It’s over’ – Bridget Kelly reacts to Supreme Court’s decision to overturn her conviction in the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal

The United States Supreme Court has thrown out the charges against the two people who were convicted in the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal.

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2020, 11:49 PM

Updated 1,442 days ago

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The United States Supreme Court has thrown out the charges against the two people who were convicted in the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal.
Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni were convicted in 2016 for their alleged involvement in the political scandal. Prosecutors had alleged they were motivated by retribution for Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich’s failure to endorse then-Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign in 2013.
The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, said that federal prosecutors overstepped their boundaries in prosecuting the case. Both convictions were overturned.
“It’s over. I mean, there’s other things to come, I’m sure. But it’s over,” Kelly tells News 12 New Jersey. “There’s about seven years’ worth of tears yesterday – happy tears for the first time in 6.5 years.”
Kelly previously worked for the Christie administration. Her “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email became public in January 2014. Christie publicly announced her firing during a press conference a day later. That firing dropped the Ramsey mother of four into the international media spotlight.
“You know, there’s a lot of psychological damage that has come from this. It’s going to take some time to undo,” she says.
Kelly says that the entire situation has left her angry.
"I’m angry that people could do this to other people. I’m angry that people I believed in and trusted turned their backs on me and allowed this to happen to me.”
The scandal involved closing Fort Lee’s access lanes to the George Washington Bridge. Kelly and Baroni have stated that it was a traffic study by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The lane closures caused gridlock in Fort Lee for several days.
The Supreme Court said that what Kelly, Baroni, David Wildstein and others did jeopardized the safety of Fort Lee residents, but that it wasn’t a crime.
Kelly says that she had multiple conversations with Christie - some of them brief – about the situation and says that Christie knew ahead of time what was happening at the bridge. Christie has denied that he had any involvement in the situation.
“I absolutely stand by my testimony,” Kelly says. “You don’t give up and you don’t give in. When you believe something is right and you know something is right, then if there’s a lesson there I hope my four kids learn it.”
Kelly has said that she has not decided on if she will sue the state for wrongful termination.


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