NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - "I’ve been portrayed as someone I’m not for the past five and a half years," Bridget Kelly said Friday during FOX 5 NY morning program, 'Good Day New York.'
Kelly, the former aide to former Gov. Chris Christie, was re-sentenced earlier this week to 13 months in prison for her role in the conspiracy to shut down lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 and cause a traffic jam.
Prosecutors contended that 'Bridgegate'- as the scandal was dubbed- was intended as retaliation for the mayor of Fort Lee not endorsing Christie.
Christie repeatedly referred to Kelly as a liar during the trial.
"I explained to him (Christie) that the Port Authority (David Wildstein) was going to be doing a traffic study in Fort Lee. It would realign the lanes of the bridge The purpose of the study was to have an event at the end of it to taut the success (it was an election year) of moving the northern New Jersey commuters across the bridge quicker. However, it was going to cause traffic problems in Fort Lee because they were not going to have those three access lanes. It was innocuous at the time."
In an email that ultimately lead to her conviction, Kelly wrote: “Time for traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
“If I wrote ‘time for a traffic study in Fort Lee’ I probably would have not met either of you or been in court. David told me there were going to be traffic problems in Fort Lee. I mimicked his words. If I could take it back I would say traffic study," said Kelly.
Christie has denied having any role in 'Bridgegate' or knowing Kelly very well.
"He went to my 40th surprise birthday party. It was at a bar and restaurant up the block from the statehouse. There were 25 people there. You don’t just stop in there," said Kelly.
Along with Kelly, Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority, were convicted in 2016 of all seven charges they faced, including conspiracy, fraud and civil rights deprivation.
“I don’t understand why he hasn’t said Bridget told me about this," said Kelly.
"He’ll never say he’s sorry because that’s not his makeup. I don’t know how he can put his head on the pillow at night knowing I am going to prison. He has four children, too," said Kelly.
She may begin serving her prison sentence in July.
"I don’t have any regrets. I could have pled guilty to something I didn’t do, but that wouldn't have taught my kids anything.”