Ex-Christie aide throws in the towel in 'Bridgegate' case

January 05, 2019 - 5:16 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A one-time associate of former Gov. Chris Christie is backing off his efforts to appeal his convictions in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case.

NJ.com reported Saturday that Bill Baroni's lawyers have filed legal papers with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

They seek to have his case returned to U.S. District Court "as promptly as possible'' so a new sentence can be imposed and he can begin serving that sentence.

The filing made Friday night comes several weeks after the appellate court upheld most of the convictions against Baroni and Bridget Kelly.

They were convicted in 2016 in the alleged plot to cause traffic jams to punish a mayor for not endorsing Christie.

The scandal helped derail Christie's presidential hopes.

Kelly is still appealing her convictions.