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Christie’s Troubles Continue: Admin Official Resigns, Bodyguard Arrested for Shoplifting

When it rains, it pours (or snows, in today’s case): over the weekend, an official in the Chris Christie administration, who had been subpoenaed as part of the Bridgegate scandal, resigned, while a Christie bodyguard was arrested recently for shoplifting and allegedly dropped the governor’s name to try to escape the charges.

Christina Genovese Renna, the state director of departmental relations, reported to Bridget Anne Kelly, who was fired several weeks ago after leaked emails showed her celebrating the lane closures. Renna is one of seventeen officials subpoenaed in the state investigation, and quietly left the adminstration Friday afternoon. Through her lawyer, Renna said the decision “reflects a decision I have been considering since shortly after the election.”

Meanwhile, New Jersey Watchdog revealed that trooper William A. Carvounis, a bodyguard to Christie, was arrested at a Pennsylvania Cabela’s for attempting to steal almost $300 in gun supplies, as well as a trucker hat that he tried to wear out of the store. Carvounis was caught by security cameras casually removing items from their packaging and storing them in his pockets.

Upon arrest, Carvounis asked to be let go out of “professional courtesy” to Governor Christie. (Didn’t work.) He has since been suspended by the New Jersey State Police and faces arraignment later this month.

[h/t NBC News / New Jersey Watchdog]

[Image via AP Photo/Mel Evans]

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