Bridget Anne Kelly, key Bridgegate figure, loses race for Bergen County Clerk

Published: Nov. 04, 2021

By Amanda Hoover | NJ Advance Media For

Bridget Anne Kelly, whose conviction in the Bridgegate trial was overturned, tried to re-enter politics by running for Bergen County Clerk.


Bridget Anne Kelly, a key figure in the Bridgegate scandal whose conviction was overturned, lost the race to become Bergen County Clerk.

Kelly, a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie, was accused of conspiring with Bill Baroni, then-deputy executive director of the Port Authority, and former Republican operative David Wildstein to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee by closing the George Washington Bridge and causing a traffic jam in borough, all because he refused to back Christie’s re-election.

The Associated Press called the race Thursday. Kelly, a Republican, had received 45.9% of the vote, falling to incumbent John Hogan, a Democrat.

Kelly, who wrote the “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email, that became an infamous part of the Bridgegate saga was found guilty along with Baroni in November 2016 of fraud and conspiracy,

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned both convictions last year.

Kelly and Baroni maintained they did nothing criminal. Their attorneys said the lane closures were nothing more than “bareknuckle New Jersey politics.”

On her website earlier this year, Kelly said she was “scapegoated” by colleagues who “damaged her reputation and allowed her to be indicted, tried, and convicted.”

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