Bridget Anne Kelly, key Bridgegate figure, is running for office

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Publish Date : 2021-01-26


Bridget Anne Kelly, key Bridgegate figure, is running for office

Bridget Anne Kelly, a key figure in the Bridgegate scandal whose conviction was overturned, is ready to get back into politics.

Kelly, the former aide to Gov. Chris Christie, is running for Bergen County clerk, she announced Monday.

The woman behind the “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email, Kelly saw her conviction overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

“There is a big difference between Bridget Kelly the person and the Bridget Kelly that has been defined by others and the media,” she declared on her campaign website.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned the convictions of Kelly and co-defendant Bill Baroni in a stunning end to the Bridgegate saga that began with the surprise closing of the local traffic lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Kelly was accused of conspiring with Baroni, then-deputy executive director of the Port Authority, and former Republican operative David Wildstein to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee with an epic traffic jam in his borough because he refused to back Christie’s re-election.

Kelly and Baroni were found guilty in November 2016 of fraud and conspiracy after Wildstein, the admitted architect of the political payback scheme, cooperated with federal prosecutors at their high-profile trial.

Kelly and Baroni maintained they did nothing criminal. Their attorneys said the lane closures were nothing more than “bareknuckle New Jersey politics.”

The Supreme Court tossed both convictions after agreeing that prosecutors misinterpreted the federal bribery statute in the case.

On her website, Kelly says she was “scapegoated” by colleagues who “damaged her reputation and allowed her to be indicted, tried, and convicted.”

The campaign website adds that she “seeks to rid our system of corruption and hyper-partisanship. Always a public servant at heart, Bridget will never tire in her efforts to make our community a better place for future generations.”

In a statement, incumbent Bergen County Clerk John Hogan said while he wishes Kelly well as she tries to “get her life back together ... the people here in Bergen County who had to deal with the Bridgegate scandal up close are never going to forgive her her role in punishing them to further Chris Christie’s vindictive agenda.”

Hogan, a Democrat, is seeking a third term.

NJ Advance Media Reporter Kelly Heyboer contributed to this report.

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Bridget Anne Kelly, a key figure in the Bridgegate scandal whose conviction was overturned, is ready to get back into politics.

Kelly, the former aide to Gov. Chris Christie, is running for Bergen County clerk, she announced Monday.

The woman behind the “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email, Kelly saw her conviction overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

“There is a big difference between Bridget Kelly the person and the Bridget Kelly that has been defined by others and the media,” she declared on her campaign website.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned the convictions of Kelly and co-defendant Bill Baroni in a stunning end to the Bridgegate saga that began with the surprise closing of the local traffic lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Kelly was accused of conspiring with Baroni, then-deputy executive director of the Port Authority, and former Republican operative David Wildstein to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee with an epic traffic jam in his borough because he refused to back Christie’s re-election.

Kelly and Baroni were found guilty in November 2016 of fraud and conspiracy after Wildstein, the admitted architect of the political payback scheme, cooperated with federal prosecutors at their high-profile trial.

Kelly and Baroni maintained they did nothing criminal. Their attorneys said the lane closures were nothing more than “bareknuckle New Jersey politics.”

The Supreme Court tossed both convictions after agreeing that prosecutors misinterpreted the federal bribery statute in the case.

On her website, Kelly says she was “scapegoated” by colleagues who “damaged her reputation and allowed her to be indicted, tried, and convicted.”

The campaign website adds that she “seeks to rid our system of corruption and hyper-partisanship. Always a public servant at heart, Bridget will never tire in her efforts to make our community a better place for future generations.”

In a statement, incumbent Bergen County Clerk John Hogan said while he wishes Kelly well as she tries to “get her life back together ... the people here in Bergen County who had to deal with the Bridgegate scandal up close are never going to forgive her her role in punishing them to further Chris Christie’s vindictive agenda.”

Hogan, a Democrat, is seeking a third term.

NJ Advance Media Reporter Kelly Heyboer contributed to this report.

Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting NJ.com with a subscription.

Samantha Marcus may be reached at [email protected]

Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.

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