NEWARK — President-elect Donald Trump has hired a political adviser Gov. Chris Christie cut ties with two years ago in the fallout from the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

Trump named Bill Stepien Wednesday to the position of deputy assistant to the president and political director.

Stepien wasn't charged in the so-called "Bridgegate" case. But the government's star witness testified that the close Christie adviser knew about the plan to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie.

Stepien's attorney has said his client had no role in the scheme.

David Wildstein also testified Stepien knew about plans to use the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for political favors to gain endorsements from Democrats.

Two former Christie allies were convicted in November and are to be sentenced next month.

Sign up for the NJ1015.com Newsletter

Get the best of NJ1015.com delivered to your inbox every day.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.