Been meaning to chime in on this.
On Friday, January 15 before he had taken the oath of office Chris Christie announced via press release that Michele Brown would be his appointments counsel.
Brown was thrust into the spotlight at the height of the campaign when NJN News revealed that Christie had provided her with a $46,000 home mortgage loan. Subsequent reports revealed that Christie had failed to disclose the interest payments of that loan on his financial disclosure forms. Anyway, the issue dragged out over a longer period of time that perhaps it would have because Christie maintained that it was a completely appropriate arrangement despite what critics saw as a conflict of interest. Christie was the Republican candidate for Governor and Brown was a high ranking official in the USA office for NJ. She eventually resigned from that office. ( see earlier posts )
Well, it turns out that on September 29, 2009 about a month after the loan story broke Brown took out a home equity line of credit for $40,000. As far as I can gather, this money was used to pay Christie back and get the loan off his books.
Then on December 21, Brown and her husband took out a new $370,000 first mortgage. Shortly thereafter the Home equity Line of Credit for $40,000 was canceled as of record.
So, the long and short of it is this ( in case you were wondering ): Michele Brown has officially joined the Administration but is no longer indebted to the Governor personally.