On November 4, 2016, William E. Baroni Jr., former deputy executive director of the Port Authority, and Bridget Anne Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were each convicted on all charges by a jury in the District of New Jersey in connection with their roles in a scheme to misuse Port Authority resources to create traffic problems in Fort Lee, New Jersey.  Baroni and Kelly were each convicted of conspiring to misuse, and actually misusing, property of an organization receiving federal funds; conspiring to commit, and actually committing, wire fraud; conspiring to deprive individuals’ civil rights and acting to deprive individuals of civil rights.  The convictions arise out of defendants’ involvement in a scheme to manufacture traffic problems in Fort Lee, NJ by reducing the number of access lanes to the George Washington bridge from three to one, allegedly as retaliation against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Governor Chris Christie’s re-election bid.  A third conspirator, David Wildstein, the former director of Interstate Capital Project at the Port Authority pled guilty on May 1, 2015 to two counts of conspiracy for his involvement in the scheme.  United States v. Baroni, No. 15-cr-193 (D.N.J.). DOJ Press Release