#14 Kevin O'Dowd Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey, Chief of Staff
Chief of staff, attorney general — just where does he fit in Christie's second term? "In the inner circle," said one insider. O'Dowd has all the skills and influence to be in the top 10, with only the bridge event keeping him out. No one we talked to thinks he'll be implicated. "It's not that he's too smart; he's just not like that," one insider said. His appointment to attorney general is on hold for now, but his power has never waned. His wife, Mary, is No. 8 on the list.
Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey
Last Year's Rank: 17