Unanimous Supreme Court throws out ‘Bridgegate’ convictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has thrown out the convictions of two political insiders involved in New Jersey’s “Bridgegate” scandal. The court says in a unanimous decision that the government had overreached in prosecuting Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni for their roles in a political payback scheme that created a massive traffic jam to punish a New Jersey mayor who refused to endorse the reelection of then-Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican,. The justices say that “not every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime.” The scheme changed the traffic flow onto the George Washington Bridge between New York City and New Jersey to artificially create gridlock in New Jersey’s Fort Lee.