The corruption trial over New Jersey's "Bridgegate" scandal, which relates to a 2013 incident where several lanes of the George Washington Bridge were reportedly closed for political vengeance reasons, started Monday with U.S. prosecutors alleging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) knew of the plot as it unfolded. Prosecutors made the claim during opening statements, where two former Christie administration officials are on trial: Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority, which oversees the bridge. Lawyers for the defense had previously claimed Christie knew of the plot; Christie himself has consistently denied knowledge of the closings since they occurred in September 2013.
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