Colin Reed, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s spokesman since March 2013, is leaving the administration to work as campaign manager of Scott Brown’s expected Senate race.
Matt Mowers, previously a member of Christie’s administration and a former campaign aide, was hired by the New Hampshire state Republican committee the day after the governor won a 22-percentage point victory as its executive director.
The Granite State traditionally hosts the first presidential primary.
Christie, 51, has so far flirted with the idea of a 2016 bid for the Republican nomination, and has said he won’t be deterred by the current controversy over intentional traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge.
“I’ve known Scott for more than four years,” Reed said. “An opportunity to work with him again is something I couldn’t pass up. I am excited for the next seven months and a victory in November.”
Brown has formed an exploratory committee to run for the seat.
Reed previously served as Brown’s communications director in his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign and prior to that served as the former senator from Massachusetts’ spokesman going back to 2010.
Both Reed and Mowers were among those served with subpoenas as part of the legislative robe of the September closings at the bridge, which has resulted in 38 orders to turn over documents and emails.