Two aides of embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have been found guilty on seven charges of conspiracy, fraud, and civil rights deprivation for using the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge for political retaliation against a Democratic town and its leadership.
Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were found guilty Friday of all counts against them.
Kelly and Baroni were convicted of scheming with former Christie ally David Wildstein to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing him when he ran for re-election in 2013. Wildstein pleaded guilty.
The disgraced Governor Christie, whose approval rating is in the gutter, is now the head of Donald Trump’s transition team – meaning that, God forbid, Donald Trump actually wins the election, Christie will be in charge of staffing the White House.
Given that the last team he assembled abused their power for petty political vengeance, one shudders to think of what a Christie-staffed White House will do.
There is still no word on what this means for the Governor himself – but the response from the Democrat-controlled statehouse will certainly not be pleasant. What it does mean, thankfully, is that the odious bully’s political career is most likely dead. All three witnesses accused Christie of knowing about the lane closures, and with luck, the other shoe still has yet to drop.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.