- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official indicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal is being allowed to travel to Europe.

Bill Baroni has been out on $150,000 bail since the indictment was announced May 1. Under terms of his bail he was ordered to surrender his passport and travel only within the United States.

But last week the federal judge overseeing the case allowed Baroni to travel to Ireland this week to work on the campaign in support of a marriage equality referendum.

Baroni was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to the Port Authority. Baroni has been charged with orchestrating a scheme to close lanes leading to the bridge in 2013 to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Christie. He pleaded not guilty.

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