Former Sununu staff member arrested for domestic violence


Bettencourt was arrested on Thursday, charged with assaulting a person after he may have seen a text message on his phone.

DJ Bettencourt in 2011. Jim Cole/Associated Press, File

SALEM, NH (AP) — DJ Bettencourt, assistant commissioner with the New Hampshire Department of Insurance and former policy director for Gov. Chris Sununu, has been arrested for domestic violence, according to police records.

Bettencourt, 38, was arrested Thursday on charges of assaulting a person after he may have seen a text message on his phone, a Salem police report said. He was released on personal bail.

It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer. An email was left for him asking for a comment.

WMUR-TV reported that Sununu said he understood Bettencourt had been placed on administrative leave; a confirmation message was left with a spokesperson for the Insurance Department.

Bettencourt, who became deputy commissioner last year, served as Sununu’s policy director from 2017 to 2021. He helped lead the governor’s task force on economic reopening during the early stages of the pandemic.

He had served as a state representative and became House Majority Leader. He resigned in 2012 after admitting to misrepresenting the amount of work he did for another lawmaker during a law school internship.


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