NJ Politics Digest: Baroni Wins Release Pending Supreme Court Bridgegate Appeal

Bill Baroni, one of former Gov. Chris Christie's two associates convicted for their part in the Bridgegate scandal, has been released from prison following word that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case.

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Bill Baroni. Alyana Alfaro for Observer

Bill Baroni, one of former Gov. Chris Christie’s two associates convicted for their part in the Bridgegate scandal, has been released from prison following word that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case.

Baroni had chosen to start serving his 18-month sentence in April, but asked for the release once the high court agreed to hear co-defendant Bridget Kelly’s appeal of her conviction and 13-month sentence.

As the Record reports, a federal appeals court has upheld five of the seven charges the pair were convicted on, stemming from the petty political payback scheme that tied up traffic on the George Washington Bridge and spelled the end of former Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions.

As The Record reports, the court will be reviewing whether federal prosecutors rightfully used criminal fraud laws to prosecute the political scheme, which inconvenienced thousands.

Christie, who was never charged in the scheme and denied knowing about it, has said that Kelly, his former deputy chief of staff, and Baroni, a former official with the Port Authority, should not have been prosecuted.

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