‘Bridgegate’ jury returns guilty verdicts on all counts for 2 former aides to NJ Gov. Chris Christie

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NEWARK, N.J. — A jury has reached a verdict in a case against two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie charged in a plot to use traffic jams for political retaliation.

The jury was set to announce its decision in a federal courtroom in New Jersey on Friday.

Prosecutors have accused Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, of undertaking the scheme to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn’t endorse the Republican governor’s 2013 re-election.

Christie has denied any knowledge of the plot. But Kelly, Baroni and a third official who has pleaded guilty all testified that Christie was informed about the lane closings either before or while they were going on.