Corruption

Ex-Christie allies seek new trial, say jury acted improperly

David Lee Miller reports from New York

 

Two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are seeking to have their convictions in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case thrown out.

Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly claim in court filings that jurors acted improperly.

They claim some, but not all, jurors deliberated on a day when the judge had ordered them not to deliberate while a legal issue was being resolved by attorneys.

Kelly is Christie's former deputy chief of staff and Baroni is a top Christie appointee to the bridge authority. They were convicted in a plot to orchestrate traffic jams to punish a mayor who didn't endorse Christie.

Christie wasn't charged.

Kelly and Baroni also claim in court filings this week that the government failed to prove its case during the trial.