Bridget Kelly resentenced for role in Bridgegate scandal

Mike Dougherty
April 24, 2019 - 7:22 pm
NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 29: Bridget Anne Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, exits the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Courthouse following her sentencing on March 29, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey.

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former chief of staff is heading to prison for her role in the Bridgegate scandal.

Bridget Kelly didn't hold back after being resentenced to 13 months in prison.

"Mr. Christie, you are a bully and the days of you calling me a liar and destroying my life are over," she said. 

The appeals judge upheld five of seven counts for Kelly and resentenced her to 13 months, down from 18 months initially. Outside the court house, she had nothing nice to say about her former boss.

"Just because someone has the title of governor, doesn't give them the right to mislead others. It's dishonorable and it only shows that person for the coward he is," Kelly said. 

This all stems from 2013 when Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich wouldn't give his support to then-Gov. Christie. Prosecutors say Kelly and William Baroni led a plan to get revenge by doctoring up a traffic study that wasn't needed but did cause gridlock in the North Jersey town.

Christie released a statement saying he had no prior knowledge of the lane closures.