Judge refuses to drop indictment in N.J. bridgegate

A federal judge in New Jersey has declined to dismiss an indictment in the criminal case stemming from lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

Two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, including his former deputy chief of staff, face conspiracy, wire fraud and civil rights charges. They’re accused of causing traffic gridlock to punish a mayor for not endorsing Christie.

The ruling was released Tuesday.

Former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni and former Christie staffer Bridget Kelly had argued that the government relied on laws that don’t fit the facts of the case.

They are scheduled for trial in September.

A second former Port Authority official, David Wildstein, pleaded guilty last year and is expected to testify for the government.

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