Bill Stepien, who ran Gov. Chris Christie's campaign in 2009, will move over from the front office to take the same position in the governor's re-election campaign.
Stepien currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and will move over to the post as of today.
Long considered the top political brain in Christie's inner circle, Stepien is a veteran of several national and state campaigns.
He was the national field director for the presidential campaigns of both Rudy Giuliani and John McCain and has served as the get out the vote coordinator for the Republican National Committee and also worked on the successful 2004 re-election campaign of President George W. Bush.
On the state level Stepien engineered the 2003 upset victory of then-Assemblyman Bill Baroni, who was the only Republican challenger to win that year. In 2000, he worked for U.S. Rep. Bob Franks, one of dozens of state politicos who got their start working for the popular Republican congressman.
Stepien is a graduate of Rutgers, where he played on the ice hockey team earning Academic All-American honors.
Campaign consultant Mike DuHaime had glowing praise for the new campaign manager.
"Simply put, Bill Stepien is the best Republican political operative in America right now," DuHaime said in a statement. "He is tenacious, tireless and very smart."
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