Chris Christie’s niece accused of biting and injuring officers during violent plane meltdown

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s 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, is alleged to have caused trouble on a 6-hour 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 spokesman Jason Rivarde told NOLA.com.

Epstein, the niece of the failed 2016 Republican presidential candidate, became angry and disruptive on the flight, the local outlet reported Saturday.

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

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

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 19, 2022.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 19, 2022.
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She injured six deputies while resisting arrest, Rivarde told NOLA.com, including biting one on the arm and breaking the 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.

Shannon Epstein was arrested after a flight from New Orleans to New Jersey.
Shannon Epstein was arrested after a flight from New Orleans to New Jersey.
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She ultimately had to be handcuffed to a wheelchair, according to the report.

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

View of the new facilities at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.  This airport is the primary commercial airport for the New Orleans metropolitan area and southeast Louisiana.
Christie’s niece reportedly asked a Latino family sitting nearby if they were “smuggling cocaine” after boarding a plane.
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She was released from the Jefferson Parish Correction Center on Thanksgiving Day after posting $10,750 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled 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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