NEWARK — A lawyer for one of the former allies of Gov. Chris Christie accused in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case says he wants access to the governor's cellphone.

Attorney Michael Baldassare said Thursday that he will pursue emails, documents and Christie's phone as he fights to have charges against former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey deputy executive director Bill Baroni tossed.

The government alleges the 2013 lane closures were orchestrated to create traffic jams in the town of Fort Lee to punish its mayor for not endorsing Christie. Christie has not been charged.

Baldassare says that recently received evidence bolsters the case that Baroni and co-defendant Bridget Kelly shouldn't have been charged.

U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton gave attorneys time to submit additional filings before deciding whether to let the case proceed.

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