Judge Rejects Appeal of Conviction In Bridge-gate Case

NEWARK (AP) -

A New Jersey judge on Wednesday turned down an appeal by two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie of their convictions in a plot to cause traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge.

Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni had argued that the judge should have instructed jurors to acquit if the government didn’t prove the alleged conspiracy was aimed at punishing the mayor of Fort Lee. The government argued that jurors only had to prove the two conspired to misapply the bridge, not the reason they did it.

The judge found evidence at the trial was sufficient for a reasonable jury to conclude the defendants understood what they were doing was wrong.