Found: Christie's Bridgegate cellphone

Christie Traffic Jams
Bill Baroni (left), a former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive, walks with attorney Michael Baldassare outside of Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse for a hearing Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Newark, N.J.

 

For months, defense attorneys in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure case have tried to ascertain the whereabouts of Gov. Christie's old cellphone.

On Friday, a spokesman for the governor confirmed a report by the New York Times that Christie's personal lawyer, Christopher A. Wray of King & Spalding, has the phone.

Attorneys representing Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a former top Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, had tried to obtain the governor's phone records via subpoena.

Kelly and Baroni are charged in an alleged scheme to cause traffic gridlock in Fort Lee, Bergen County, in September 2013 as part of an effort to punish a local mayor for his refusal to endorse Christie's reelection campaign that year.

A federal judge on Thursday approved a motion to quash parts of the subpoena, saying the request was too broad.

Baroni's attorney, Michael Baldassare, said after the court hearing in Newark that he would issue a new trial subpoena for the phone records. He hopes to obtain the records when the criminal trial begins in September.

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