WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal of the criminal convictions of two former associates of Republican former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the so-called Bridgegate scandal that hindered his 2016 presidential candidacy.

The justices said they would hear an appeal by Bridget Anne Kelly, a former Christie deputy chief of staff, challenging whether she was validly prosecuted. Bill Baroni, a former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who was also convicted, would benefit if Kelly wins.

The court will review a November ruling by the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding their convictions for wire fraud and misusing Port Authority resources.


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