NEWARK, N.J. — A former top aide to Gov. Chris Christie burst into tears on the stand twice Friday while testifying about alleged abusive behavior from the New Jersey governor.
Bridget Kelly, who prosecutors say sent the "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email at the center of the Bridgegate scandal, is accused of creating massive traffic jams to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie in his 2013 reelection bid.
Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, the former executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, are fighting nine counts against them. David Wildstein, a former agency executive, already pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy.
The former Christie aide testified about alleged abusive behavior on Christie's part. Kelly, who was helping plan a roundtable after a Sept. 12 fire in Seaside Heights, suggested the governor moderate the event.
"What do you think I am, a f---ing game show host?" Christie apparently asked her.
He also allegedly threw a water bottle at her.
Kelly described a separate incident over a meeting she had set up between Christie and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. Christie apparently canceled it, telling Kelly that "nobody is entitled to a f---ing meeting."
Christie has denied he had any information about the lane closures and has not been charged.