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Mon Jun 8, 2015, 10:07 PM

65. Christie's Ethics Commissioner Slams Down The Feather Of Justice

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NJ Spotlight: The state Ethics Commission, which would rule on any ethics complaints against state officials in Bridge(t)-Gate or other Christie administration scandals, yesterday approved Gov. Chris Christie’s recommendation for its new executive director -- Susana Espasa-Guerrero, a former governor’s counsel who served in the governor's office with all nine Christie aides subpoenaed in Bridge(t)-Gate...

“The Ethics Commission was created in the 1970s and its tradition of independence endured for 40 years,” Paula Franzese, a Seton Hall law professor, said. “It always had a strong, independent executive director, and it...was always the tradition that the governor's office would not intercede in appointments because the governors were mindful of avoiding the appearance of impropriety.”

...But that has changed under the Christie administration. “The commission is supposed to choose the executive director, not the governor...(T)his is the second time that the governor has put in his own choice as executive director. The commission has to have total independence. That was the purpose of the reforms implemented after Gov. McGreevey left office in disgrace.”

A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie violated conflict of interest laws by sharing unauthorized information with her husband, a top executive for the company developing the controversial Pinelands pipeline, a state ethics panel has ruled.

Christina Genovese-Renna agreed to a $500 fine after acknowledging "the contents of some of the emails she sent to her family members contained information that was not generally available to members of the public,'' according to the new consent order from the New Jersey Ethics Commission...

Genovese-Renna was also a figure in the George Washington Bridge scandal investigation. When she worked for Christie, (she) reported to Bridget Anne Kelly, who was Christie's deputy chief of staff and (who) wrote the "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/06/08/chris-christie-ex-aide-fined-for-ethics-breach/28706569/

It's good to know that Ms. Espasa-Guerrero didn't let sentiment get in her way. It will serve the Genovese-Rennas right if they'll have to re-finance their mortgage to pay the fine, and I'm sure they'll think twice before acknowledging non-public information in some e-mails ever again!


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