Aide to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (Bridget Kelly) and Port Authority executives Bill Baroni and David Wilder were convicted of federal crimes for creating a traffic jam closing of highways leading to the George Washington Bridge. They said they were conducting a traffic study. The government successfully prosecuting them under the theory that their actions were payback to the mayor of Fort Lee for his failure to endorse then-Governor Christie for re-election.
The U.S. Supreme Court held, in reversing the convictions of Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, that the standards of “distasteful” and “tawdry” conduct cannot be used as a basis for prosecution under the federal bribery statute. The court noted that public corruption criminal statutes should not give government “boundless interpretations” on conduct that is unethical. This case is something less than Rolexes and Ferraris in exchange for a good word on a product. It would seem that Ms. Kelly and the Baroni/Wilder team have a shot.