Gov. Christie's campaign manager is set to become chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee following the departure Tuesday of the organization's current head.
After Samuel Raia announced his resignation Tuesday, he and Christie endorsed Bill Stepien for the job. A spokesman for the state GOP said it would vote on the matter in the coming weeks.
"No one better understands how to grow our party, communicate our message, and, most importantly, win elections," Christie said in a statement released by the party committee. Christie called Stepien "the best Republican operative in the country" and added, "New Jersey Republicans will be fortunate to have him leading our party."