Two former subordinates of Gov. Chris Christie charged in Bridgegate, the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, failed yesterday in a pretrial action to gain access to the cellphone the governor used as the scandal was unfolding.
Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly face trial in the fall on charges they conspired to create the GWB traffic nightmare in 2013.
Ruling against them, the judge said the defense filed the subpoena too late and that it was too expansive — they were also seeking thousands of documents and other electronic equipment. She indicated she wants to start the trial promptly; it’s scheduled to begin September 12.
Gibson Dunn, attorneys for Christie, argued that the defense was engaged in a fishing expedition and that everything relevant had been turned over to it.
Christie’s cellphone has become one of the many mysteries of this scandal. It is of particular interest to the defense because of texts between Christie and his deputy chief of staff Regina Egea during a sensitive Bridgegate hearing in the Legislature. But nobody — neither the governor nor his attorneys — seems to know where it is.
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