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 Washington Bridge.
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 Branch.
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 offices.
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 fired Kelly.
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 is 50.
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.