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Chris Christie’s niece accused of biting officer during plane meltdown

New York Post logo: MainLogo New York Post 12/4/2022 Ben Kesslen

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’ niece was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight and arrested after she accused a Latino family of “smuggling cocaine” — and allegedly injured six sheriff’s deputies, one of whom was bitten.

Shannon Epstein, 25, alleged caused the ruckus on a 6 a.m. flight from New Orleans, Louisiana to New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day. She asked a Latino family sitting nearby if they were “smuggling cocaine,” Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jason Rivarde told

Epstein, the niece of the failed 2016 Republican presidential contender, grew angry and was being disruptive on the flight, the local outlet reported Saturday. 

Airline workers decided to remove her from the plane, which had already left the gate.

But Epstein allegedly refused to leave after the plane returned from the tarmac — and she became “extremely combative” when approached by deputies, the report said.

© Provided by New York Post Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 19, 2022. AFP via Getty Images

She injured six deputies while resisting arrest, Rivarde told, including biting one on the arm and breaking skin. She kicked another officer in the groin, he added.

Epstein also threatened the officers, saying her uncle is friends with former President Donald Trump and that she knows powerful people, Rivarde said.

She ultimately had to be handcuffed to wheelchair, according to the report.

The brash-talking Garden State pol’s niece was charged with six counts of battery on a police officer, three counts of disturbing the peace, one of resisting arrest by force and one of remaining after forbidden, the outlet reported.

© Provided by New York Post Christie’s niece allegedly asked a Latino family sitting nearby if they were “smuggling cocaine” after boarding a flight.Getty Images

She was released from Jefferson Parish Correction Center on Thanksgiving Day after putting up $10,750 in bail. Her next court appeared is schedule for Jan. 23, the site reported.

Epstein, Christie and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for comment by The Post Sunday.


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