Supreme Court to tackle corruption questions in Bridgegate case

SC to tackle Bridgegate case for corruption

The Bridgegate scandal will head to the Supreme Court next week, bringing with it complicated legal questions about whether public officials are committing fraud by lying about their reasons for making policy decisions.

On Tuesday, the court will hear oral arguments in a case that centers around the convictions of a former aide to then New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and a Port Authority official for their role in a scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 to create traffic problems for the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., who had refused to endorse Christie.

Bridget Anne Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to Christie who was ultimately sentenced to 13 months in prison, is appealing her conviction on various fraud charges stemming from the scandal. William Baroni, who was deputy executive director of the Port Authority at the time and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, is joining her appeal.