Challenge Alert

Lock in $15,000 with your donation now by 6:30 p.m.

Donate now

Christie allies seek new trial, say jury acted improperly

Bridget Anne Kelly (left) and Bill Baroni (right) (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Bridget Anne Kelly (left) and Bill Baroni (right) (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are seeking to have their convictions in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case thrown out.

Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly claim in court filings that jurors acted improperly.

They claim some, but not all, jurors deliberated on a day when the judge had ordered them not to deliberate while a legal issue was being resolved by attorneys.

Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Baroni, a top Christie appointee to the bridge authority, were convicted in an alleged plot to use traffic jams to punish a mayor who didn’t endorse Christie.

Christie wasn’t charged.

Kelly and Baroni also claim in court filings this week that the government failed to prove its case during the trial.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.