In a photograph taken Sept. 2, 2013, in Fort Lee, N.J., traffic moves across the George Washington Bridge.
(APP.com) -- Here's a look at the New Jersey officials who are key players in the
news involving Gov. Chris Christie and the closed lanes on the George
William E. "Bill" Baroni Jr.: Until last month, deputy
executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He
represented parts of Mercer and Middlesex counties in the state
Legislature from 2004 through his Port Authority appointment in 2010 -
from 2004 to 2008 in the Assembly, then from 2008 to 2010 in the Senate.
He's an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University Law School, where he
has taught education law, voting rights and campaign finance law.
Baroni, 42, lives in Hamilton.
Michael Drewniak: Gov. Chris
Christie's press secretary. Drewniak also was the chief public affairs
officer for Christie in the U.S. Attorney's Office from 2002 through
2008. In all, he served under three U.S. attorneys over the course of 11
years, ending in December 2009. Earlier in his career, Drewniak was a
newspaper reporter at the Star-Ledger, the Courier-News and the
Hunterdon County Democrat. He married Nicole Davidman, Christie's
campaign finance director, in October 2012. Drewniak, 52, lives in Long
Patrick J. Foye: Executive director of the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was appointed by New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo and took the post in November 2011. Previously, he was
Cuomo's deputy secretary for economic development. Before taking a
public job, Foye was a mergers-and-acquisitions partner at Skadden Arps
and managing partner of the firm's Brussels, Budapest and Moscow
Bridget Anne Kelly: Served as Gov. Chris
Christie's deputy chief of staff for legislative and intergovernmental
affairs since April 2013; she replaced Bill Stepien in that position
when Stepien moved to Christie's campaign. She previously was director
of intergovernmental and legislative affairs, overseeing administration
outreach efforts to elected officials, faith-based and community
organizations and trade associations. Her first job with the Christie
administration in 2010 was as director of legislative relations. She was
hired as a legislative aide in Assemblyman David Russo's office in
1993, became Russo's chief of staff in 2002 and worked there through
2010. Kelly, 41, lives in Ramsey. On Thursday, Christie announced he
David Samson: Chairman of the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey's Board of Commissioners since February 2011.
Traditionally, New Jersey appoints the board chairman and deputy
director, while New York appoints the board vice chairman and executive
director. He is a partner and founding member of the Wolff & Samson
law firm. In 2002 and 2003, he was the New Jersey attorney general at
the start of Gov. James E. McGreevey's term. In 2009, he was counsel to
Christie's gubernatorial campaign and then was chairman of Christie's
transition efforts. Samson, 74, lives in Caldwell.
Mark J. Sokolich:
Fort Lee mayor. Sokolich was born and raised in Fort Lee and became
mayor of the city of roughly 35,000 in 2008. He's an attorney who
generally has represented real estate and banking clients and has been
on the board of directors of the Bank of New Jersey since 2006. Sokolich
Bill Stepien: Christie's campaign manager in 2013
and 2009. In between the campaigns, he served as deputy chief of staff
for legislative and intergovernmental affairs for Christie. He is the
nominee to become the next chairman of the Republican State Committee.
Christie has hired him to work this year for the Republican Governors
Association, which Christie chairs, as an adviser on political
operations and independent expenditures. In the 2008 presidential
campaign, he was a national field director and regional campaign manager
for U.S. Sen. John McCain; earlier in that cycle, he was former New
York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's national field director. In the 2004
campaign, he was President George W. Bush's New Hampshire political
director and the Republican National Committee's 72-hour director. He
earlier worked on campaigns for Bill Baroni and Sen. Anthony Bucco.
Stepien lives outside New Jersey; he is 36.
David M. Wildstein:
Until last month, director of interstate capital projects for the Port
Authority. He attended Livingston High School at the same time Christie
did but was one grade above; they were acquaintances in high school but
not close friends. He was elected to the Livingston Township Council and
was later mayor. For years, he was secretly the editor of the
influential PolitickerNJ website and wrote columns under the pen name
Wally Edge, a reference to former Gov. Walter Edge. He worked as an
Assembly deputy clerk and for Assemblyman Chuck Hardwick, Sen. Louis
Bassano and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith. Wildstein, 52, lives in Montville.
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