New Jersey Gov.-elect Chris Christie (R) this afternoon plans to announce that he will name another former colleague from his U.S. Attorney’s office to his cabinet, The Star-Ledger of New Jersey reports. Christie has already tapped two of his former subordinates from the U.S. Attorney’s office for his administration – Jeffrey S. Chiesa, who will be Christie’s chief counsel, and Kevin M. O’Dowd, who will be deputy chief counsel.
Christie has selected Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles McKenna to head the state’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, The Star-Ledger reports. The position does not require state Senate confirmation. McKenna currently is the chief of the criminal division in the New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney’s office and served as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for much of Christie’s tenure as U.S. Attorney from 2002 to 2008.
Christie will be sworn in as governor on Jan. 19.