NEWARK, N.J. – Attorneys in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case are about to tackle a crucial part of the trial process that doesn’t get a lot of attention.
They’re scheduled this week to submit questions to ask potential jurors in what is called voir dire (vwahr-deer). It enables attorneys to gauge whether any prospective jurors might have biases.
It’ll be tough to find anyone who hasn’t heard about the case, in which two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie are accused of causing traffic jams near the bridge to punish a Democratic mayor.
Experts say it’s important to have people who are well-informed but who can put their personal opinions aside.
Former Christie aide Bridget Kelly and former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni are scheduled for trial in September.