Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly and Port Authority Deputy Director Bill Baroni, two senior New Jersey officials with ties to Gov. Chris Christie, were indicted for their roles in the creation of traffic snarls on the George Washington Bridge. These indictments were returned hours after David Wildstein, a former Christie ally and Port Authority appointee, pleaded guilty for his role in this scheme, which he characterized as an act of political retribution against a mayor who did not back Christie in his re-election campaign two years ago.
In his plea, Wildstein admitted to using a “traffic study” as a cover for the lane closures and choosing the first day of school to maximize the impact. Wildstein also admitted to purposefully not alerting Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich or the town’s police chief, and admitted to intentionally keeping “radio silence” with local officials on the issue.