Battle continues over documents in N.J. bridge lane-closing case

The battle over which documents can be used in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case continues.

The U.S. attorney’s office filed papers Tuesday claiming that documents produced by a former ally of Gov. Chris Christie to a New Jersey legislative committee weren’t given under protection of immunity.

Bill Baroni and former Christie staffer Bridget Kelly are scheduled to go on trial in September on wire fraud and civil rights charges.

The government alleges the 2013 lane closures near the bridge were orchestrated to create traffic jams in the town of Fort Lee to punish its mayor for not endorsing Christie.

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Christie has not been charged.

Baroni has argued in court filings that the government violated his Fifth Amendment rights by improperly using the documents to bring its indictment.

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