Some convictions of Christie aides thrown out

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has thrown out some of the convictions against two former aides to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni were convicted in 2016 in the alleged plot to cause traffic jams to punish a mayor for not endorsing Christie.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a count for each defendant of civil rights conspiracy. It upheld convictions for wire fraud and misapplying property of an organization receiving federal funds. `

Baroni and Kelly had sought to have all counts dismissed. Both are expected to be resentenced. Kelly currently faces an 18-month sentence, while Baroni faces 24 months. The so-called "Bridgegate" scandal sank Christie's chances to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

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