Christie Aide Resigns as Subpoena Deadline Looms

Most aides ask for more time to comply
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2014 7:53 AM CST
Christie Aide Resigns as Subpoena Deadline Looms
Chris Christie holds a souvenir football helmet as he leaves after a ceremony to pass official hosting duties of next year's Super Bowl to representatives from Arizona, Feb. 1, 2014 in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Today is the deadline for a host of Chris Christie's aides to turn over subpoenaed documents to state lawmakers—and one of those aides has resigned ahead of it, the AP reports. Christina Genovese Renna handed in her resignation on Friday, but it was first reported yesterday. She worked directly under Bridget Kelly, who sent the infamous "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" email. Renna released a statement saying she'd been considering leaving since Christie's re-election, so she could "pursue an opportunity in the private sector."

Renna was Christie's liaison to the legislature and local officials. She wrote emails relaying the mayor of Fort Lee's unhappiness with the bridge closure, and noting that emergency responders were "having a terrible time maneuvering," and that there was a "feeling in town that it is government retribution," according to Reuters. Almost all of the 20 aides and groups subpoenaed have requested more time, and some of those requests have been granted, but the subpoenas should ultimately yield a trove of documents. One Port Authority official has claimed that there is evidence Christie knew about the lane closures—which may explain why he was booed at a Times Square Super Bowl ceremony, according to the New York Daily News. (Read more Chris Christie stories.)

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