February 12, 2014
Controls Democratic politics in South Jersey, and increasingly the rest of the state.
The North Jersey boss avoided federal investigation in 2002 under Christie’s watch.
Christie’s famously profane spokesman; once described a Star-Ledger reporter as “such a fucking mutt.”
Ran the office that oversaw grants to local officials who agreed to endorse Christie. He kept tabs using color-coded dossiers.
THE TRENTON HACKS
Christie’s point man in the legislature; has served as a link to both “Joe D.” and Norcross.
New Jersey’s top staff appointee at the Port Authority; fall guy for the bridge affair.
Appointed by Christie to chair the Port Authority. Also represented the developer of a big Hoboken project that benefited from a study paid for by the Port Authority.
Introduced Christie to the Bushes; now works at a powerful Newark law firm.
THE GUYS FROM BACK IN THE DAY
Statistician for Christie’s high school baseball team; dirty trickster at the center of the bridge scandal.
The governor’s overeager younger brother has poured money into Republican causes.
Longtime close aide who regularly traveled with Christie; helped pick Christie’s Sandy comeback ad that portrayed him in glowing terms.
MIKE DUHAIME AND MARIA COMELLA
DuHaime, Christie’s chief strategist, managed Rudy Giuliani’s ill-fated 2008 campaign. Comella, Christie’s communications chief, served as Giuliani’s spokeswoman and guardian to Sarah Palin.