Bridgegate: One former Christie ally sentenced to 2 years, one to 18 months

Bridgegate: One former Christie ally sentenced to 2 years, one to 18 months

A federal judge levied two punishments over the “Bridgegate” tale of political retaliation in New Jersey Wednesday, sentencing former Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni to two years in prison and Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, to 18 months.

The sentencing comes months after Baroni and Kelly were found guilty of crimes that included conspiracy and fraud.

The two Christie allies — one a top aide, the other an appointee — were accused of playing key roles in a traffic nightmare on the George Washington Bridge back in September 2013. The four days of lane closures on the bridge were widely seen as retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., for not endorsing Christie during his re-election campaign.

A federal judge levied two punishments over the “Bridgegate” tale of political retaliation in New Jersey Wednesday, sentencing former Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni to two years in prison and Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, to 18 months.

The sentencing comes months after Baroni and Kelly were found guilty of crimes that included conspiracy and fraud.

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