Jury selection continues in N.J. bridge gridlock trial

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly (right) and her attorney

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly (right) and her attorney

Prospective jurors in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial were back in federal court in New Jersey.

An initial group of more than 200 will be pared down to 12 plus alternates. They filled out questionnaires last week, and on Tuesday attorneys will use their responses to gauge whether they can be impartial.

Two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie were indicted last year on charges they caused gridlock near the bridge in 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse Christie’s re-election bid.

Bridget Kelly was Christie’s deputy chief of staff and Bill Baroni was a top executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridge.

Christie wasn’t charged and has denied knowing about any plot.

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