Bridge scandal defendant resentenced to less prison time

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An appointee of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will spend less time in prison for his role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

A judge sentenced Bill Baroni to 18 months Tuesday, down from two years.

Baroni was an executive of the authority that operates the bridge. He was convicted in 2016 and sentenced to 24 months in what prosecutors said was a plot to create traffic jams to retaliate against a mayor who wouldn’t endorse Christie.

In November, a federal appeals court threw out civil rights counts against Baroni and co-defendant Bridget Kelly and ordered the resentencing.

Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, received an 18-month sentence.

The former Republican governor wasn’t charged, but the scandal derailed his presidential ambitions.

Kelly is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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