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Christie Nominates New Attorney General

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. December 2, 2013

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Christie annouces nomination of Kevin O'Dowd to be NJ Attorney General
Christie annouces nomination of Kevin O'Dowd to be NJ Attorney General (photo by Phil Gregory)

Governor Christie is nominating his chief of staff to be New Jersey’s next attorney general.

Kevin O’Dowd was chief of the securities and health care fraud unit when Christie was the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey.  After he became governor, Christie named O’Dowd his deputy chief counsel, and he’s been his chief of staff for the past two years.

“I’ve known Kevin both as a friend and as a professional over the last decade, and I’m really grateful that he’s willing to continue his government service.”

O’Dowd is looking forward to being confirmed by the state Senate.

 “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be given an opportunity to lead the Department of Law and Public Safety.”

Senate President Steve Sweeney is praising O’Dowd, calling him the ultimate professional.

If confirmed by the Senate, O’Dowd will take over for Acting Attorney General John Hoffman who’s been in that position since June. That’s when Jeff Chiesa left the job to temporarily serve as a U.S. Senator following the death of Frank Lautenberg.

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