Perdue's Chief Of Staff Leaving

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue's top aide and the manager of her winning 2008 campaign is stepping down as her chief of staff.

Perdue announced Thursday that Zach Ambrose will leave the job in the coming weeks. She says Ambrose is an invaluable friend and adviser. Ambrose told Perdue's senior staff of his decision Thursday morning.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson says Ambrose wanted more time with his family and to try new things after essentially being on call 24 hours a day for Perdue for the past five years.

Ambrose became Perdue's chief of staff when she was lieutenant governor in 2005 and later became campaign manager. He also helped Perdue assemble her Cabinet before she took the oath of office in January 2009.

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