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Bridgegate, the final chapter: Chris Christie skates, as staffer he belittled goes to prison

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There she was, Bridget Anne Kelly, a single mother of four children ages 12 to 22, in front of the courthouse in Newark, New Jersey, fighting back tears as she faced reporters after being sentenced to 13 months in a federal prison for her role in the half-forgotten scandal known as Bridgegate.

“The fact that I am on these steps in place of others from the [Chris] Christie administration, and the governor himself, does not prove my guilt. It only proves that justice is not blind,” she said. “It has favorites. It misses the mark. It misses the truth.”

She continued, “How did all these men all escape justice?” Kelly asked. “Chris Christie was allowed, without rebuttal from anyone, to say out of one side of his mouth that I was a low-level staffer. A woman only good enough to plan menus and invite people to events. And then say out of the other side that I was somehow powerful enough to shut down the George Washington Bridge.”

But the sad truth is not only did these men “escape justice” they went on to prosper, elevated by the very turn of events that could deprive Kelly of her liberty and her children of their mother for over a year.

Kelly’s former boyfriend Bill Stepien, who was once Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign manager and took the Fifth Amendment before the state legislature panel investigating the Bridgegate caper, is now ensconced in the White House as President Trump’s political director.

A few days after her courthouse appearance Kelly went on Rachel Maddow for what appeared to be a cathartic exchange. The single mother of four recounted how she was betrayed by Walter Timpone, a former assistant U.S. attorney and friend of Christie who promised to defend her, then dropped her case and was subsequently nominated for New Jersey highest court by his friend.

That may have shocked a national audience but for anybody from New........

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