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Report: Former Christie campaign manager now with GOP consulting firm

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Following his dismissal from Trenton in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, Bill Stepien, former campaign manager for Gov. Chris Christie, has landed a job with the prominent Republican consulting firm FLS Connect, according to a report Tuesday by POLITICO.

In a marathon press conference on Jan. 9, which also marks last time Christie took questions from reporters, the governor cut ties with Stepien after documents surfaced indicating he had prior knowledge of the lane closures.

Christie then rescinded his nomination of Stepien to lead the state GOP and terminated his role as a consultant to the Republican Governors Association, an organization which Christie heads.

During the same press conference, Christie also fired aide Bridget Kelly for her role in the lane closures.

Both Stepien and Kelly are currently fighting to quash subpoenas to produce documents issued by the legislative committee investigating the matter.

According to POLITICO, Stepien accepted the job last month and will work in sales and strategy for FLS Connect's voter contact products.

"FLS Connect is excited to have Bill Stepien join our team," company president Sheila Berkley said in a statement to POLITICO. "His extensive national experience and knowledge will be an asset to our clients and our company."

Stepien isn't the only one of the former Christie aides, appointees and operatives connected to the bridge scandal to land on his feet. Earlier this month, it was announced that former Port Authority deputy director Bill Baroni, a top Christie appointee who resigned in December amid a growing inquiry into the lane closures, accepted a position with Princeton law firm Hill Wallack LLP, where he will serve as counsel.


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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com.

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