By “him” I mean New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the wake of news that two of his former political allies were convicted on Friday for their part in the “Bridgegate” lane closure scandal.
Bridget Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty in Newark federal court on all counts, the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey said on Twitter.
Kelly and Baroni were convicted of fraud, conspiracy and depriving the residents of Fort Lee, New Jersey, of their civil rights.
You will recall that the scandal has to do with shutting down access lanes at the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, which created a traffic nightmare. The allegations have been over a decision “to punish the town’s mayor, Mark Sokolich, for declining to endorse Christie’s reelection campaign.”
Christie has denied any prior knowledge of the events, but that doesn’t seem likely now does it?
Governor Christie is of course a top adviser for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Clearly the best way to deflect attention away from your own criminal activity is to suggest your opponent is the real criminal. But when those around you start to get fitted for orange jump suits, the argument really starts to lose steam.
Trump should pay attention.
Lock him up!