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Sharpe James
Christie associates plead not guilty to GW Bridge charges

NEWARK, N.J. The prosecution of Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni has just begun in the George Washington Bridge saga, but the two have already made part of their legal strategy clear: Neither is stupid enough to have closed lanes at the bridge to punish Fort Lee's mayor. And the government's key witness is a liar. Kelly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Baroni, a former Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded not guilty in federal court here Monday to charges in a nine-count criminal indictment unsealed Friday by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. The witness, David Wildstein, who served under Baroni at the...