Former Chris Christie Aide to Run Scott Brown's Senate Operation

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Scott Brown is staffing up.

He's poised to move from just "exploring" to officially running for a U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire as soon as next week and today he announced the hire of the political operative likely to run his campaign.

He's poached an aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who recently left the governor's office.

Colin Reed, who recently served as deputy communications director to Christie, was named campaign manager of Brown's exploratory committee.

Reed is no stranger to Brown, previously serving as his communications director during his 2012 Massachusetts Senate campaign and as press secretary in Brown's Senate office.

"I've known Scott for more than four years. 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," Reed said in a statement.

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News of the hire was first reported by WMUR's James Pindell.

Reed was deputy press secretary at the National Republican Senatorial Committee from 2009-2010. He also worked on the Romney and then the McCain presidential campaigns in 2007-2008. He started as an intern in Romney's State House press office in 2006.