Ex-Christie aide named to head state ethics board
Susana E. Guerrero was approved as the commission's executive director in a closed-door vote Tuesday night. The approval comes as the Republican governor's office is enmeshed in a political retribution scandal.
Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for Christie, said Guerrero is widely respected and was approved unanimously by the bipartisan commission.
Andrew Bern, the commission's chairman, told the website NJ Spotlight that the governor's office recommended that Guerrero succeed Peter Tober, who recently became a Superior Court judge.
The panel includes two members of Christie's cabinet and the person the governor named to head the agency that oversees the Meadowlands sports complex. It was not known whether all seven commissioners voted. Guerrero's salary was not immediately known.
Attempts to reach Guerrero were not successful.
Guerrero worked in Christie's counsel's office and previously worked at the law firm where the governor and one of his closest advisers, Bill Palatucci, once worked.
State lawmakers and the U.S. Attorney's office are investigating claims that aides to Christie created traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge to punish a political adversary and an allegation that the administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy recovery aid unless a Democratic mayor supported a politically connected redevelopment project.
In her new job, Guerrero would review any ethics complaints filed against Christie administration officials, most of whom are her former colleagues, in the bridge or storm aid matters.
The commissioners who approved her hiring would become involved only if action is called for after a complaint is investigated.