GWB Defendants: Indictment a ‘Fantasy’

NEWARK (AP) -

An indictment charging two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie with crimes in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal is a “fantasy” that misapplies federal law and relies on statements made under immunity, lawyers for the defendants argued in briefs seeking to have the charges thrown out.

In court filings late Wednesday, Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni argued they violated no federal law and gained no financial benefit from the September 2013 traffic jams allegedly created to punish a mayor who wasn’t endorsing Christie.

Kelly’s brief Wednesday argued that she can’t be charged with deprivation of civil rights because there’s no clearly established constitutional right to be free from improperly created traffic. Baroni’s brief joined in that argument.