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Defendants in bridge lane-closing scandal want federal prosecutors to release evidence

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NEWARK, New Jersey — Former allies of Gov. Chris Christie indicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal are opposing the government's attempt to keep evidence in the case from being made public.

Michael Baldassare, an attorney for former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni, filed documents late Wednesday. He wrote that the government wants the evidence restricted to "protect members of the Governor's inner circle, alumni of this U.S. Attorney's Office and high-ranking Port Authority employees."

Baroni and former Christie deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly were indicted last month. Former Port Authority official David Wildstein pleaded guilty and has provided evidence against them.

Prosecutors say they want to keep the names of the people who were interviewed but not implicated in the scheme confidential.

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