Trial of Gov. Christie's former aides in bridge scandal delayed

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEWARK -- A federal judge in Newark has set a mid-November trial date for two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case.

The trial initially was scheduled for July. But U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton filed an order Tuesday stating the trial will begin November 16.

Former Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly and former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni face charges including wire fraud and deprivation of civil rights.

They're accused of orchestrating the lane closings in September 2013 to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie's re-election bid.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

Former Port Authority official David Wildstein pleaded guilty this month and is expected to testify during the trial.