Bill Baroni a politician and law professor who could’ve had a brilliant career ahead of him until his role in the Bridgegate scandal.
Baroni who served as former aide to Gov. Christie, is said to have been sentenced to years in jail due to his involvement in a political revenge plot involving traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge. At the time of the traffic jams, Baroni was Christie’s appointee to the Port Authority.
Born William E. “Bill” Baroni, Jr. on December 10, 1971; the Florida native was adopted by a family in Hamilton.
Bill holds a B.A. from George Washington University in history and was awarded a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Baroni who showed interest in politics from a young age, made his first run in politics for a council seat in Hamilton in 1999. As a teenager, Baroni worked on the campaign of his hometown congressman, Christopher H. Smith.
Fast forward to 2003, Baroni faced Democratic incumbent Gary Guear for a state Assembly seat in the 14th district. Continuing his success in politics, Baroni would win re-election in the Assembly in 2005 and then secure a seat in the state Senate in 2008.
After his two terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, Baroni was elected to the State Senate in November 2007, occupying the seat until Governor Christie appointed him to the Port Authority in 2010.
Baroni was appointed to his cushy, $289,667 job at the Port Authority shortly after Christie took over as governor in 2010.
While on that post, he helped oversee the construction on One World Trade Center. Everything came crashing down when in 2013, the Bridgegate scandal erupted.
He resigned in December 2013 amid controversy surrounding the September lane closures that turned the town of Fort Lee into parking lot.
Aside from politics, Baroni who is believed to be unmarried and is a supporter of gay-marriage, wrote the self-help book, “Fat Kid Got Fit” released in 2012.
Recent reports say Baroni will spend two years of his life in behind bars.