jeff_chiesaTRENTON, NJ - Governor Chris Christie has named NJ Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa to serve New Jersey as U.S. Senator. His appointment is to begin on Monday. He will be a seat holder. Chiesa will not run for the Senate in October when a special election will be held. 

A primary will be held in August to determine the candidates for the October 16 special election.

According to his biography on the State of New Jersey website:

On January 10, 2012 Jeffrey S. Chiesa was sworn in as New Jersey's 59th Attorney General. 

Chiesa served as Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie from January 2010 through December 2011, when he was nominated to be New Jersey Attorney General by Governor Christie. 

Prior to his appointment as Chief Counsel, Chiesa served as Executive Director of Governor Christie’s Transition Team. Chiesa was previously a partner at the law firm of Wolf & Samson in their litigation group. 

Prior to joining Wolf & Samson, Chiesa worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of New Jersey from 2002 – 2009, last serving as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. He also served as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney and as Chief of the Public Protection Unit. Chiesa was involved in all aspects of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including the management of the Criminal, Civil, Appeals and Special Prosecutions Divisions. 

As a unit chief, he supervised a group of Assistant U.S. attorneys primarily responsible for the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases involving bank robbery, child pornography, human trafficking and identity theft. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chiesa was a partner at the law firm of Dughi and Hewit, where he litigated civil matters, including the representation of medical professionals and hospitals. 

Chiesa is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He earned his Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America

Christie will name Cheisa replacement as Attorney General as early as Monday.