the christie machine
meet the men and women who run new jersey.
by alec macgillis
Controls Democratic politics in South Jersey, and increasingly the rest of the state.
Christie’s famously profane spokesman; once described a Star-Ledger reporter as “such a fucking mutt.”
the trenton hacks
Christie’s point man in the legislature; has served as a link to both “Joe D.” and Norcross.
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.
THE GUYS FROM BACK IN THE DAY
Statistician for Christie’s high school baseball team; dirty trickster at the center of the bridge scandal.
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.