On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving a former aide of ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who is appealing her conviction in the "Bridgegate" scandal.
Christie's former aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, was convicted in 2016 for her role in the closure of multiple lanes of traffic on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge for political reasons.
In 2014, Port Authority officials closed multiple lanes of the George Washington Bridge on the New Jersey side, causing major traffic delays for drivers. At the time, the Christie administration said the closures were due to an ongoing traffic study. The claim was eventually discredited.
Federal investigators discovered text messages between Christie's aide Kelly and a Port Authority official before the lane closures. A message from Kelly suggested that it was "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
During Christie's 2013 re-election campaign, the mayor of Fort Lee notably refused requests to endorse the governor. It has been alleged that the lane closures were political retribution.
Kelly was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2017, and had been set to begin serving time in July.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.