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Now Chris Christie’s Bodyguard Is in Trouble for Shoplifting

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks about his knowledge of a traffic study that snarled traffic at the George Washington Bridge during a news conference on January 9, 2014 at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey. According to reports Christie's Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is accused of giving a signal to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge, allegedly as punishment for the Fort Lee, New Jersey mayor not endorsing the Governor during the election.
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The headaches just keep coming for embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The day after it emerged that one of his subpoenaed aides had resigned, More news emerged about another person in Christie’s orbit who ran into trouble: Trooper William Carvouni, a member of Christie’s security detail, was arrested on January 8 for shoplifting from a Cabela’s sporting-goods store. He allegedly stole $267 worth of gun accessories and a hat by putting them in his cargo pants pockets and on his head, respectively. Then the 35-year-old Carvouni allegedly asked police to go easy on him on account of his job with the governor.

It was, more or less, ‘Look, I’ve got a good job, I’m on the governor’s security detail, I don’t want to lose my job,’ along those lines,” Tilden Township Police Chief William McEllroy told the Associated Press. “[M]ore or less one cop asking another cop for a break multiple times.” Carvounis’s lawyer denied that the trooper had tried to use his position to get a break, and said Carvounis “denies any allegation of any shoplifting.” However, security cameras around the store reportedly recorded him in the act. Carvounis has meanwhile been suspended from his job.

Now Chris Christie’s Bodyguard Is in Trouble