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    Two Former Chris Christie Aides Found Guilty in BridgeGate Trial

    Two Former Chris Christie Aides Found Guilty in BridgeGate Trial

    “But let me be clear once again, I had no knowledge prior to or during these lane realignments” – Christie

    The lane-closure scandal dubbed “Bridgegate” which tainted New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie’s presidential bid, rendered two convictions Friday.

    Christie maintains he was unaware of the dubious plot to create traffic jams in Fort Lee, just outside of Manhattan.

    NBC News reported:

    Christie’s ex-deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and his former top Port Authority official, Bill Baroni, had faced nine counts of conspiracy and fraud stemming from the scheme to block access to the George Washington Bridge as a means to punish Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie’s re-election bid.

    The jury’s verdict comes after six weeks of dramatic testimony in which prosecutors argued the two spearheaded the plan in September 2013. Although Christie has maintained he had no knowledge or involvement in the lane closures, the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal has dogged the Republican for three years and undercut his failed presidential bid before it even began. Christie is a top Donald Trump surrogate and is currently planning the Republican nominee’s transition team if he wins the presidency.

    In reacting to the verdict, Christie reiterated that he didn’t know about the plot, even as several witnesses said during the trial that he was aware of the plan before, during and after. Christie is currently scheduled to campaign for Trump in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania this weekend.

    “Like so many people in New Jersey, I’m saddened by this case and I’m saddened about the choices made by Bill Baroni, Bridget Kelly and David Wildstein. Today’s verdict does not change this for me,” Christie said in a statement. “But let me be clear once again, I had no knowledge prior to or during these lane realignments, and had no role in authorizing them. No believable evidence was presented to contradict that fact. Anything said to the contrary over the past six weeks in court is simply untrue.”

    Sentencing has yet to happen, but the max penalty is a stiff one — a whopping 86 years in prison.

    The defendants insisted they thought the lane closures were part of a traffic study and not a retributive vendetta.

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    Ragspierre | November 5, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I’m amused by the comments here.

    Every prosecution is “selective”. Duh.

    We commonly see arguments for the use of deadly force against those who cause “traffic jams” in other circumstances. Yet it’s minimized here. Pathetic.

    Donald T-rump has attacked a judge, showing he does know how to do corruption. He does it very, very well.

    I personally am delighted that a jury convicted two people for using their power in a political office to conduct a petty vendetta against someone, using and abusing the general public as tools.

    This is a great illustration of the “values” of Christie and the Great God Cheeto, along with most NE Progressive pukes.

    Rag: “I’m amused by the comments here.”

    Because you misunderstand them, which is amusing to us.

    “I personally am delighted that a jury convicted two people for using their power in a political office to conduct a petty vendetta against someone”

    And everyone else was too. I say “was” because the rest of us have moved on. We’re frustrated that only the Right appears to be held accountable under the Rule of Law and are blowing off steam by making jokes about it.

    Please try to catch up.


       
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      Ragspierre in reply to Fen. | November 5, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      The “Right” you flack and hack for is like the Crips. It sure as hell isn’t “my team”, though you, Christie, Der Donald and these two corrupt-0-crats represent that “team” well.

      You’re also selectively stupid. Note the Pennsylvania that was convicted just last week.

        Rags, this guy has advocated “using the 2nd Amendment” as the “founders intended” and even suggested that LI authors slip into that cesspool of crazy and write actual posts about when and under what circumstances that should happen. Crazy town.

        First of all, that’s just nuts and even if Hillary is elected and etc., it’s nuts. And second, and most importantly, who the hell would blog about a great way to start a freaking war on the U. S. government? Oh, right, right-wing sewer nutters who used to annoy people on InfoWars and now think their lunacy is “mainstream.” Fen’s not selectively stupid; he’s all stupid. And not worth your time.


           
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          Fen in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | November 5, 2016 at 10:59 pm

          Fuzzy: “this guy has advocated using the 2nd Amendment as the founders intended and even suggested that LI authors slip into that cesspool of crazy and write actual posts about when and under what circumstances that should happen. Crazy town.”

          Crazy? You sure are establishing a pattern of dishonesty.

          I asked the LI to post on where they thought the line was. Since they believe in rebellion within the law (as their dictionary defintion in the blog header says), and since its well established that the founders intended the 2nd to be a check on a tyrannical government, its not unreasonable to ask what their legal opinion is on the matter.

          You choose to paint that as a call to violence. Very dishonest of you, and a typical tactic of someone like Rags.

          I’m beginning to suspect you are a Rag sockpuppet.


         
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        Fen in reply to Ragspierre. | November 5, 2016 at 11:03 pm

        Rag: “though you, Christie, Der Donald and these two corrupt-0-crats represent that “team” well. You’re also selectively stupid”

        For the 12th time now, I don’t support Trump. I support whoever has the best chance of stopping Hillary from abusing the power of the Executive Branch. Because she is above the law.

        And I’ve already said we (as in me too) are happy Team Christie was caught and punished. We are just venting that the Rule of Law only appears to be applied to those on the Right.

        Talk about being selectively stupid. I thought the Sally Struthers School of Law had remedial reading comprehension classes. Did you fail at that too?


       
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      Ragspierre in reply to Fen. | November 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      …Pennsylvania DA…

    Rag: “Donald T-rump has attacked a judge, showing he does know how to do corruption. He does it very, very well.”

    Attacked? That’s dishonest. He merely pointed out that a sitting judge that supports illegal immigration and has ties to La Raza should recuse himself from a case re illegal immigration.


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