Christie taps ex-Port Authority aide to be New Jersey judge

Gov. Chris Christie nominated a former aide and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official who testified this week in the trial about the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal to be a judge.

Christie on Friday nominated Deborah Gramiccioni (grah-mee-chee-OWN’-ee) to be a Superior Court judge.

Gramiccioni testified Tuesday at the trial of Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni that the Republican governor gathered top aides in December 2013 and expressed disappointment “in a thunderous tone.”

Baroni and Kelly are accused of plotting to shut down bridge lanes as part of a political retaliation plot. They pleaded not guilty

Gramiccioni served as Christie’s top official at the Port Authority after Baroni. Before that she was deputy chief of staff for policy.

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