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September 14, 2016

Jury finalized in 'Bridgegate' scandal trial

The case will determine what role two former Christie aides played in the lane closures

A jury has been selected in a high-profile case that centers around two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who are accused of helping shut down two lanes of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

The jury, which is made up of seven women and five men, will determine what role Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni – the governor's former deputy chief of staff and the former deputy chief executive director of the Port Authority – played, according to the New York Daily News.

It's thought that officials closed the lanes to seek revenge against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, who didn't endorse Christie for reelection in 2013.

Kelly and Baroni are facing wire fraud and civil rights violations, according to The Associated Press. Christie has publicly denied involvement in the scandal. 

The new jury will hear opening statements on Monday in federal court.