- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to pay a $500 fine after a state ethics panel determined that she violated conflict of interest laws.

Christina Genovese Renna acknowledged that she shared emails containing information that was “not generally available to the public” with members of her family, including her husband - a top executive of a company that wanted to build a gas pipeline through the environmentally sensitive Pinelands region

Renna had contended that she didn’t secure any advantages for her family or benefit financially and that there was no conflict between her position in the governor’s office and her husband’s position at South Jersey Energy Solutions.

She described her case as one in which “an otherwise innocent conversation between spouses turns one of them into an inadvertent rule-breaker.”

Renna also was a figure in the George Washington Bridge scandal investigation. She worked in the state’s Intergovernmental Affairs Office, serving under Gov. Chris Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly, who is accused of orchestrating the political payback plot at the George Washington Bridge.

Renna left the administration in February 2014. She now works for the Chamber of Commerce South Jersey, a pro-business lobbying firm

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