Bridget Kelly is perhaps best known for her infamous “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email in the so-called Bridgegate scandal. In the primary race for Bergen County clerk, Kelly not only secured the Republican nomination, but she won by a landslide.
“I lost so many years of my life with the trial, and then the sentencing and then the appeals,” said Kelly. “This is the way I’m trying to get back into public service.”
Kelly was charged and convicted for her role in lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in what was seen as a political retribution scheme. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction citing that not every corrupt political act is a federal crime.
Kelly is now vying for the county clerk’s seat, hoping to put Bridgegate behind her. She got more votes than any Republican candidate for county clerk in the state. But she may have a tough general election race in a Democratic county against Democratic incumbent John Hogan.
The GOP nominee says she has no intention of running for state office.
“I love Trenton; it was my home for 20 years,” said Kelly. “But right now I would be really happy being Bergen County clerk and staying in Bergen County.”