NEWARK -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is not charged with any wrongdoing in the criminal case involving the closure of traffic lanes on the world's busiest bridge three years ago. Yet his presence looms large over next month's trial of two former subordinates.

The Republican governor, who currently serves as a close adviser to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, could play a bigger role if he takes the witness stand.

Defense attorneys for Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a top Christie appointee to the agency that operates the George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey and New York City, have danced around the issue of whether they will subpoena Christie.

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