Christie pick for N.J. attorney general has wide support

    The judiciary committee in the New Jersey Senate has quickly advanced Gov. Chris Christie’s nominee for attorney general.

    After serving as the governor’s chief counsel for two years, Jeff Chiesa testified before the Senate panel Thursday that he will run the attorney general’s office independently and effectively.

    He received unanimous bipartisan backing from committee members.

    Sen. Brian Stack, a Democrat, predicts Chiesa will do a great job.

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    “You’re a true professional. You’re humble. You’re extremely intelligent,” Stack said. “You’re honorable and you’re fair, and I think New Jersey is really, really lucky to have you.”

    Sen. Kevin O’Toole, a Republican, noted the absence of any criticism of Chiesa.

    “What I’ve heard through the Legislature, Republicans, Democrats, staffers, all over, that it’s incredible. No one hates you, which is shocking,” O’Toole said.

    Chiesa said one of his priorities as attorney general will be to keep communities and families safe.

    A confirmation vote in the full Senate is set for Monday.

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