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Murder-suicide claims Christie team member, spouse

A member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's transition team has died in a murder-suicide committed by her husband.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said Friday that Joan Bramhall was shot to death by her husband, John, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A family member reported finding one of the bodies Thursday.

Joan Bramhall was a former Morris County clerk who was well-known in Republican political circles. She was 74 and retired in December.

In a statement, Christie hailed Bramhall as an "outstanding public servant but an even better person."

Christie says, "She was an extraordinarily selfless and generous person to friends and family alike. She honored me and Mary Pat with her friendship for the last 20 years."

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