NJ Gov-Elect Names Top Office Staff

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    It was a tough race, but Chris Christie defeated incumbent Jon Corzine in the New Jersey gubernatorial race.

    Governor-elect Chris Christie named four of his top advisers on Thursday, all but one of whom come with legal backgrounds.

            Richard Bagger, a 49-year-old Pfizer executive and former state legislator, was chosen as his chief of staff _ considered the most  powerful position in his inner office.
            Bagger, a senior vice president for worldwide public affairs at  Pfizer, served in the Senate from 2002 to 2003 and in the Assembly
     from 1993 to 2002.
            Two deputy chiefs of staff were named: 31-year-old Bill Stepien, who was Christie's campaign manager, and 37-year-old Kevin O'Dowd,  a former federal prosecutor under Christie.
            Forty-four-year-old Jeff Chiesa, also a former  federal prosecutor, was named as chief counsel to the governor.