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12/02/2013 04:33 pm ET Updated Feb 01, 2014

Chris Christie Nominating Chief Of Staff As New Jersey Attorney General

FILE - This Nov. 21, 2013 file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaking at the Republican Governors Association (R
FILE - This Nov. 21, 2013 file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaking at the Republican Governors Association (RGA) 2013 annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. For an ambitious group of Republican governors, next year's mid-term elections could be a springboard to bigger things in 2016. Just don't talk about the White House yet. An annual Republican Governors Association meeting this week included a bullish outlook for a party that will be defending 22 seats in 2014. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Dec 2 (Reuters) - New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie on Monday said he will nominate his chief of staff, Kevin O'Dowd, to be the state's next attorney general.

O'Dowd, a former federal prosecutor in New Jersey, must be confirmed by state lawmakers. Both Democrats and Republicans issued statements of support for the selection on Monday.

Christie's last choice for the post was controversial. He previously picked Paula Dow, a Democrat and the state's first African-American top cop. As attorney general, she declined to join other mostly Republican-led states in a lawsuit challenging Obamacare.

Christie appointed his previous attorney general, Jeffrey Chiesa, in June to fill the state Senate seat left vacant when Frank Lautenberg died. Jay Hoffman has been acting attorney general since then.

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