New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly sits with her attorneys in court while waiting for a hearing on March 11, 2014 in Trenton, NJ.
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Let Me Start: May 4, 2015

Let me start with the latest in the “Bridgegate” saga as the web of players begins to untangle.

Former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly and former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni were both indicted Friday and made court appearances Monday, where both entered not guilty pleas.

“I would never risk my career, job, reputation for something like this.  I am innocent,” Baroni said.  ”I will testify on my own behalf as soon as the trial begins.”

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Meanwhile, a new Monmouth University poll shows that most New Jersey residents believe Governor Chris Christie was involved in the decision to close the lanes on the George Washington Bridge back in 2013.  Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed believe Christie has not been completely honest about what he knew and 79% say he is not telling the truth.  His approval ratings also took a hit, now at 65%, down five points from three months ago.  

Chris Christie is, of course, still testing the waters for a 2016 run.  But Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee are all expected to throw their hats into the ring this week.  Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, tweeted out her announcement plans Monday morning.

Tune into “Hardball with Chris Matthews” tonight at 7pm/et for more on these stories plus all the day’s political news.

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Let Me Start: May 4, 2015