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Trump campaign hires ex-Christie aide who was fired in the wake of 'Bridgegate'

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The Donald Trump campaign has brought on board Republican operative Bill Stepien, sources tell NBC News.

According to those familiar with the process, Stepien will serve in the role of a National Field Director to guide the campaign on voter turnout in these finals weeks.

Bill Stepien, former campaign manager for Governor Chris Christie
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The decision was made by CEO Steve Bannon with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner involved in recruiting Stepien.

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Stepien previously served as a top political aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but was fired in January 2014 in the wake of the "Bridgegate" controversy. Christie claimed at that time Stepien had not been truthful with him. Christie and Stepien have not been in contact since, according to aides.

Stepien, who previously headed the NJ state GOP, has been running the PAC for NJ Lt Gov Kim Gaudagno.