- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The two defendants in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case are getting some additional time to file their pretrial motions.

Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly were to have filed motions to dismiss the case by Friday, but a judge has given them until Monday.

They face federal criminal charges for the closing of access lanes to the bridge in September 2013.

An indictment unsealed last year charges them with wire fraud and civil rights violations for allegedly orchestrating the closures to create traffic jams to punish a local mayor for not endorsing Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election.

Christie hasn’t been charged.

Baroni was a top Christie appointee to the bi-state authority that runs the bridge. Kelly was Christie’s deputy chief of staff at the time.

Their trial is scheduled for May.

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