Christie To Nominate New Attorney General

Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Chris Christie

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie will nominate Kevin O’Dowd to be New Jersey’s next attorney general in 2014, the governor announced this afternoon.

O’Dowd, who served as Christie’s chief of staff for more than 10 years, will succeed acting Attorney General John Hoffman, who replaced Jeff Chiesa when the governor named him to replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg until a special election could be held.

“New Jerseyans can rest assured that Gov. Christie has once again nominated the right person to ensure the protection of our families and communities,” said state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union) “As the industry of criminality continues to evolve, specifically with the advent of new technology, I look forward to working with Attorney General O’Dowd on measures to protect children and keep New Jersey safe.”

“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working closely with Kevin for some time, and Gov. Christie could not have nominated a superior individual to be our Chief Law Enforcement Officer,” said state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic).  “I look forward to a swift confirmation process.”

Regina Egea will be Christie’s new chief of staff and Amy Cradic will become his new deputy chief of staff.

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