Ex-Christie Aide Throws In The Towel In 'Bridgegate' Case

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – One of the defendants in the Bridgegate lane-closing scandal is backing off on his efforts to appeal his convictions.

It was not the outcome Bill Baroni was looking for in November, when an appeals court dropped one count of civil rights conspiracy but left the rest of his conviction largely intact.

Now a new court filing first reported by NJ.com indicates Baroni is looking to give up the fight.

His attorneys are asking for his case to be sent back down to a U.S. District Court so he can be sentenced and start serving that sentence.

Baroni is the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority.

He was alleged to have played a role in shutting off two of the three lanes from Fort Lee onto the George Washington Bridge in 2013 as retribution against a mayor who didn’t endorse then-Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie has denied knowing anything about the plot and hasn’t been charged.

Another defendant in the case, Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly, appears to be keeping up the fight.

Court filings in her case indicate her attorneys may look to appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court.