Bill Baroni
American politician
Bill Baroni
William E. "Bill" Baroni, Jr. is an American Republican Party politician and law professor who was named by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in February 2010 to serve as the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the nation’s busiest airport systems, as well as the PATH rail transit system, six interstate tunnels and bridges, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, marine terminals and ports, and the World Trade Center.
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Former Christie Allies Guilty on All Counts in George Washington Bridge Trial
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
A jury convicted Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni of charges including conspiring to fraudulently misuse federally funded property, wire fraud and deprivation of civil rights.
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Former Christie Allies Guilty on All Counts in George Washington Bridge Trial
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
A jury convicted Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni of charges including conspiring to fraudulently misuse federally funded property, wire fraud and deprivation of civil rights.
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Top Chris Christie Aides Found Guilty Of All Charges In Bridgegate Scandal
Huffington Post - 4 months
A federal jury on Friday found two of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) former aides guilty of all charges in the Bridgegate scandal that has continued to plague the governor. Bill Baroni, who served as Christie’s top official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Bridget Anne Kelly, who was the governor’s deputy chief of staff, each faced seven counts of conspiracy, fraud and related charges. The most serious charges carry a maximum of up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Feb. 21. Kelly cried as the verdict was read, according to a reporter who was in the courtroom. Bridgegate Bridget Kelly silently wept as 6th guilty charge was read. Red-faced, she put her head in her hands. Family cried, but silently. — Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) November 4, 2016 The trouble started on Sept. 9, 2013, when three of the access lanes were shut down on the George Washington Bridge connecting Manhattan to Fort Lee, New Jersey. It’s the busiest bri ...
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In Bridge Scandal Trial, Prosecutors Liken Ex-Christie Allies to Film Villains
NYTimes - 4 months
Prosecutors say Bill Baroni, a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie, and a colleague gleefully plotted together as closely as the two villainous traders in “Trading Places,” one of their favorite films.
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Bridge Defendant Says He Regrets Lane Closures
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Former Port Authority official Bill Baroni testified that he was following directions when he ignored a New Jersey mayor’s requests for help during the George Washington Bridge closures.
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Ex-Christie Aide Says He Was Duped About Bridge Lane Closings
New York Times - 4 months
Bill Baroni, who is accused of approving the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, then covering them up, says he was misled by a Port Authority executive.
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Prosecutors Rest Case Against 2 Ex-Christie Aides in Lane-Closing Trial
NYTimes - 4 months
Jurors were shown testimony that Bill Baroni, a defendant along with Bridget Anne Kelly, gave to the State Legislature months after the lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were shut.
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Chris Christie Apparently Responded To Being Called Fat With An Expletive-Laden Rant
Huffington Post - 5 months
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) cursed out an elected official in his state after the man reportedly criticized the governor’s weight, according to a testimony heard in court on Wednesday.  Christopher Stark, a former regional director in the governor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, was called to testify in the trial of two former Christie aides charged in connection to “Bridgegate” ― or multiple lanes of the George Washington Bridge being shut down in 2013. During his testimony, Stark said Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley, a Republican, had called Christie a “fat fuck” and that the governor had responded with a slew of expletives.  Curley confirmed the story to the Asbury Park Press after Stark’s testimony ― with one change. He said he had actually called Christie a “fat motherfucker” following Superstorm Sandy because he was angry his constituents weren’t getting more attention. “So where is that fat motherfucker? Out running for governor? We need help h ...
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Chris Christie Knew His Staff Was Closing Bridge Lanes, Prosecutors Say
Huffington Post - 5 months
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) knew that members of his administration were involved in a dangerous and vindictive plan to shut down lanes of the busy George Washington Bridge in 2013, prosecutors said Monday. The U.S. attorney’s office made the allegation Monday for the first time, in the opening of a trial for two Christie administration officials accused of carrying out the plot and then covering up, The New York Times reported. The aides’ lawyers have also said Christie knew what they were doing as it was happening, which Christie denies. Federal prosecutors said David Wildstein ― a former Port Authority official and Christie ally ― will testify that he told the governor about the scheme to close the lanes while it was all happening, NJ.com reported. “The evidence will show that ... they bragged about the fact that there were traffic problems in Fort Lee and that Mayor [Mark] Sokolich was not getting his calls returned,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Vikas Khanna said.  ...
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As 'Bridgegate' trial begins, New Jersey's Christie remains focus
Yahoo News - 5 months
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not expected to attend the trial this week of two former associates charged in the 2013 "Bridgegate" scandal, but the failed Republican presidential hopeful's shadow will loom over the proceedings. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in federal court in Newark, New Jersey. Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly are charged with conspiracy and fraud in a nine-count indictment alleging they arranged lane closings that caused gridlock on the heavily traveled George Washington Bridge.
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Defendants in George Washington Bridge Case Ask Judge to Throw Out Charges
NYTimes - about 1 year
Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, former allies of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, said the charges they face are based on vague federal laws that have been twisted to fit the facts of the case.
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Christie’s Catastrophe: Two indicted in Bridgegate Scandal
- almost 2 years
Two government officials close to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were indicted on Friday, May 1, in connection to the closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September,  2013. It was an apparent act of political retaliation against a local mayor who refused to support the Christie reelection campaign.   Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly and Deputy Director of the Port Authority Bill Baroni were charged with nine criminal counts, according to CNN.  David Wildstein, a  formal ally of Christie, pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy earlier in the day. Christie appointed Wildstein to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Students voiced their opinions in response to these indictments.   “I fully support the indictment of these officials,” Max Kaplan ’17 said. “ Clearly what they did was wrong, and the committee investigating the situation uncovered these wrongdoings.”   While there is no evidence directly linking Christie to the closures ...
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Bill Baroni Says He Is Innocent of Bridge Charges
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
Bill Baroni, Gov. Chris Christie’s former top executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, spoke to reporters after pleading not guilty to charges related to lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Photo: Getty Images
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'Bridgegate' dogs Christie as indictments, guilty pleas unveiled
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the George Washington Bridge closure scandal, while two others were indicted - another blow to Christie's image at a time when he is trying to get his presidential campaign off the ground. David Wildstein, a former senior Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy at a U.S. district court in Newark. Prosecutors also unsealed a nine-count indictment against Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Bridget Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to Christie. Paul Fishman, who succeeded Christie as the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, said no one else was expected to be charged in the bridge scandal, based on current evidence.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Baroni
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 43
    On May 1, 2015 he was indicted on nine federal counts of conspiracy, fraud and related charges. to which he pleaded not guilty.
    More Details Hide Details He is contesting the District Attorney's decision not to release certain documents in the discovery process to mount his defense. A continuance for the trial was granted in September 2015. It is expected to take place in March 2016. Baroni was an associate at DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick & Cole, and then at Blank Rome. He was of counsel at Fornaro Francioso, a Hamilton firm. He served as chief counsel to Congressman Bob Franks in his 2000 U.S. Senate race. In 2002, when U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli withdrew his candidacy for re-election five weeks before Election Day after the Senate admonished him on ethics charges, Baroni argued for the Republicans in the New Jersey Supreme Court against a last-minute switch of candidates to Frank Lautenberg. Since 2002, Baroni has been an adjunct professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law, where he teaches classes on Professional Responsibility, voting rights, legislation, and campaign finance reform. Baroni served on the Foundation Board of both The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Community College. Baroni is also chairman of the board of trustees of the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra and on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and on the board of trustees for Visitation Home, which builds homes for New Jersey residents with disabilities. Baroni is also a special advisor to the New Jersey Boys' State Foundation, and is a former delegate at Jersey Boys' State.
    On May 1, 2015, Baroni was indicted on nine counts of conspiracy, fraud and related charges in relation to his alleged involvement.
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  • 2014
    Age 42
    On January 9, 2014, Baroni was named as a defendant in a federal class action lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey which cited a civil conspiracy and "willful, wanton, arbitrary, and egregious official misconduct".
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  • 2013
    Age 41
    On December 12, 2013, Christie announced that Baroni had resigned as Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details This occurred after the scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, perhaps to punish Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not supporting Christie. Later email disclosures indicate that Baroni attempted to squelch press that the lane closures were improper.
    He resigned from his position at the Port Authority on December 12, 2013, during the inquiry into the Fort Lee lane closure controversy.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 38
    He resigned his Senate seat to assume the new post on March 1, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Tom Goodwin was selected to fill the vacant seat.
    On February 19, 2010, the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, announced that he was appointing Baroni to the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
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    He was also the only Republican state senator who voted for a 2010 measure to allow same-sex marriage in New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details He supports same sex marriage in Ireland, of which is also a citizen.
  • 2008
    Age 36
    In 2008, Baroni served as State Chairman of John McCain's presidential campaign in New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details Baroni served in the Senate on the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, the Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee and the Judiciary Committee.
    There had been speculation that Baroni would seek the Republican nomination for United States Senate in 2008 against Frank Lautenberg, but his run for the New Jersey Senate effectively ended that speculation.
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  • 2007
    Age 35
    On November 6, 2007, he won election to become State Senator of the 14th Legislative District.
    More Details Hide Details He captured 62.3% of the vote, defeating Democratic Party opponent Seema Singh. Baroni filled the State Senate seat vacated by Republican Senator Peter Inverso.
  • 2005
    Age 33
    He was re-elected to the Assembly in 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 32
    In 2004 and 2005, he was the Assembly's Assistant Parliamentarian.
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  • 2003
    Age 31
    The circumstances of Baroni's birth became an issue in 2003, during his first campaign for the Legislature, when the incumbent, Gary Guear, charged that he had lied by saying he was a lifelong resident of Hamilton Township, NJ.
    More Details Hide Details When Baroni responded that he had lived in Hamilton since he was a few days old and told the story of his adoption, Guear dropped the issue and came in fourth. He received a B.A. from George Washington University in history and was awarded a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 26
    He was a member of the Hamilton Township Planning Board from 1998 to 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Baroni mounted an aggressive campaign for the General Assembly, knocking on over 10,000 doors to defeat the Democratic incumbent Gary Guear.
    He served on the Mercer County Community College Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2003.
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  • 1994
    Age 22
    Baroni became interested in politics as a teenager, working on the campaign of his hometown congressman, Christopher H. Smith (R), who was seeking re-election to his fourth term. He was also a driver for Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian in his campaign for U.S. Senator against Frank Lautenberg in 1994 and worked on the advance staff for the 1996 presidential campaign of Steve Forbes.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on December 10, 1971.
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