NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. solicitor general's office has recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court not hear the appeal of two convicted defendants in the "Bridgegate" case.

Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni want the court to hear the appeal of their 2016 convictions for causing traffic jams to punish a mayor for not endorsing their boss, former Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Baroni began serving his federal prison term this spring. Kelly is scheduled to report this month, but her attorneys are seeking to delay that until July.

Prosecutors and a co-conspirator alleged they caused traffic gridlock near the George Washington Bridge in 2013 by realigning access lanes to the bridge without telling local authorities.

Baroni was a Christie appointee to the bridge authority. Kelly was Christie's deputy chief of staff.

Christie wasn't charged.

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