TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s former deputy chief of staff may not be returning to the governor’s administration following the recent election, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be going too far away.
The governor told reporters he’s happy Bill Stepien, who more recently worked as Christie’s campaign manager, will be moving to fill a part-time role at the Republican Governors Association. However, Christie suggested the two will still work closely together despite offering few details about what that relationship could develop into.
“He obviously has extensive experience,” Christie said. “I’m glad that Bill will be doing [working at the RGA] and it also leaves him available to do other things as well if I need him to do other things as a member now of the private sector.”
Other things? What sort of things?
“It’s not a full-time position at the RGA,” responded Christie when asked to describe what sort of role Stepien will play in the future.
“I don’t know, I haven’t thought of them yet,” he said. “But the fact that he’s no longer in government lifts certain restrictions off of what he can do and the fact that his position with the RGA is not a full-time position but a consulting position would, I suspect, allow him some additional time to do other things for me.”
But again, the details of the possibilities were scant.
“I haven’t come up with those other things yet, but I like the option of having Bill available to do additional work for me in the political realm,” said Christie, who was recently elected to serve as chairman of the RGA.