Judge Orders ‘Bridgegate’ Defendant Freed

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -
Bill Baroni, former executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arriving for sentencing at federal court in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

A federal judge has ordered a defendant in the so-called Bridgegate lane closure scandal freed from prison pending the case’s appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton signed an order Monday for Bill Baroni’s release. He was serving an 18-month sentence.

The high court said Friday it would hear an appeal in the case.

Baroni and Bridget Kelly were convicted in 2016 on wire fraud and other charges in stemming from the 2013 closure of local lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Kelly was former Gov. Chris Christie’s deputy chief of staff. Baroni was a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency overseeing the bridge.