Liberal and conservative justices united to toss the 2016 convictions of Bridget Kelly, an aide to then-Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), and former Port Authority exec Bill Baroni.
The pair corruptly closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge but didn’t commit the fraud and conspiracy they were accused of, justices found.
“Congratulations to former Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and all others involved, on a complete and total exoneration (with a 9-0 vote by the U.S. Supreme Court) on the Obama DOJ Scam referred to as ‘Bridgegate,’” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The president added: “The Democrats are getting caught doing very evil things, and Republicans should take note. This was grave misconduct by the Obama Justice Department!”
Congratulations to former Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and all others involved, on a complete and total exoneration (with a 9-0 vote by the U.S. Supreme Court) on the Obama DOJ Scam referred to as “Bridgegate.” The Democrats….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2020
Christie’s 2016 presidential bid was dogged by allegations that he knew about the actions of Kelly and Baroni, who orchestrated the September 2013 lane closures to punish Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie’s reelection.
Kelly, now 47, infamously wrote in an email: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
She testified in 2016 she told Christie in advance about the lane closures, but insisted that the email, however, referred to a legitimate traffic study, not a politically motivated operation.
A third person, former Port Authority executive David Wildstein, pleaded guilty to two felonies and assisted prosecutors. He received probation.
Kelly, who claims she was made a scapegoat by Christie, was sentenced to 13 months in prison. Baroni, 48, received an 18-month sentence.
The Supreme Court’s decision said the duo were guilty of wrongdoing, but not wire fraud because no money was involved.
“The evidence the jury heard no doubt shows wrongdoing—deception, corruption, abuse of power,” Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the decision.
Christie also tweeted his outrage at the Obama administration.
Here is my statement in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision today. Complete exoneration for my team from the prosecutorial misconduct of Paul Fishman and the Obama Justice Department. pic.twitter.com/4JU8K17jtV
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) May 7, 2020