‘Bridgegate’ defendant wants to be freed during appeal

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former aide to former Gov. Chris Christie wants to be released from prison following a major development in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case.

Bill Baroni’s lawyer filed a motion Monday seeking to have him released on bail. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an appeal in the fall.

The case involved Baroni, who was deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly.

They were convicted in 2016 of fraud and civil rights violations for realigning the lanes to the George Washington Bridge without telling local officials. The realignment was done to punish Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor for not endorsing Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

An appeals court threw out their civil rights convictions last fall but upheld the fraud counts.

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