On March 29, 2017, William E. Baroni Jr., former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Bridget Anne Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, were sentenced to 24 months’ and 18 months’ imprisonment, respectively, 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 had previously been convicted on November 4, 2016, after a six-week jury trial, 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 stemmed from their involvement in a scheme to manufacture traffic problems in Fort Lee, New Jersey by reducing the number of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, allegedly as retaliation against the Mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich, for not endorsing Governor Chris Christie’s re-election bid.   United States v. Baroni et al., 2:15-cr-000193 (D.N.J.). DOJ Press Release

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