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Bill Baroni arrives for sentencing at federal court in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Baroni and Bridget Kelly, former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, are scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Two former Chris Christie aides got prison time for their roles in Bridgegate


UPDATE 2:58 p.m. EST:  Bridget Kelly was sentenced to 18 months.

ORIGINAL STORY: A former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the "Bridgegate" scandal.

Bill Baroni was convicted in November. Co-defendant Bridget Kelly is set to be sentenced later Wednesday.

Prosecutors argue the Bridgegate scandal arose as a plot to punish a mayor who did not endorse Christie during an election campaign. Lanes to a crucial bridge to Fort Lee, New Jersey were closed for days. Baroni said the closure was part of a legitimate traffic study.

Baroni and Kelly were convicted on counts including wire fraud and conspiracy. 

Christie did not comment on what punishment his former aides deserved, saying the judge would do what he believed to be appropriate. The fallout from the scandal plagued Christie's presidential aspirations and and derailed the once-rising GOP star's run. 

Reporters indicated Kelly's sentence may be lighter than Baroni's.

But prosecutors pulled no punches in their descriptions of the aides' actions.

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Two former Chris Christie aides got prison time for their roles in Bridgegate

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