New York’s WINS radio reports:
Bridget Anne Kelly, former Gov. Chris Christie’s deputy chief of staff who became a central figure in the infamous “Bridgegate” scandal, was sentenced on Wednesday by a federal judge to 13 months in prison for her role in shutting down lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
And she had harsh words for the former governor, calling him a “bully” and a “coward” after she was sentenced. Christie responded in a statement, saying, “As I have said before, I had no knowledge of this scheme prior to or during these lane realignments, and had no role in authorizing them. No credible evidence was ever presented to contradict that fact. Anything said to the contrary is simply untrue.”
On Aug. 13, 2013, Kelly sent an email to a colleague at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, writing, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” That email ignited the Bridgegate scandal, clouding Christie’s tenure.
The lanes on the Fort Lee entrance to the bridge were allegedly closed to punish that town’s mayor for refusing to endorse Christie for reelection. The resultant days long traffic jam stranded school buses, ambulances, and tens of thousands of commuters.