Several Ocean County Republican elected officials, including mayors from Toms River, Stafford and Little Egg Harbor may be called to testify in the federal court trial of former Christie allies Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni for their alleged role in the lane closure scandal.
According to court documents released as a part of the trial, officials have been named as witnesses included:
- Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora
- Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher
- Little Egg Harbor Committeeman John Kehm (name misspelled on witness list as “John Khem.”)
- Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari
Also named as a potential witness was former Christie aide Aileen Egan. Ms. Egan was named in a June lawsuit filed by former Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office detective Steven Mecka, which alleged corruption and coverups at his former employer. In court documents, Mecka’s lawyer wrote “[Little Egg Harbor Committeeman] Gormley advised [Little Egg Harbor Police] Chief Buzby, Plaintiff [Mecka], and FBI that Christopher Stark and Aileen Egan, then both aides to Governor Christie, individually approached him at his place of business intimidating him to use his influence to get the Dawn Kelly [criminal daughter of Freeholder Jack Kelly] investigation / inquests shut down because it would look bad if matters were exposed to the public, especially before an election.”
Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and the publisher of Observer.com (formerly PolitickerNJ) was also on the list, along with Governor Christie, Lieutenant Governor Guadagno and Democrat Steven Fulop, who recently dropped out of the governor’s race to back Phil Murphy.
The full list of witnesses, which included many of the state’s influential GOP politicians, did not specify whether or not the Ocean County officials may be called by the prosecution or the defense in the criminal case against Kelly and Baroni.
Both the Ocean County and Brick Township Republican organizations have not made any attempt to disassociate themselves from the “Bridgegate” scandal’s principals.
Former Christie aide Bill Stepien, a major player in the lane closure scandal, was recently hired as a consultant to both GOP organizations, as we’ve previously reported.
See the full list below: