Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie Taps Ex-Counsel as New Attorney General

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie Taps Ex-Counsel as New Attorney General

Article excerpt

After three years without action, Governor Christie on Thursday named Christopher Porrino, a Bergen County native who served as his chief counsel in the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, as the next attorney general.

Porrino's nomination ends three years of dispute with the Democratic Legislature over who would become the state's top law enforcement official.

Since 2013, the attorney general's position has been filled by temporary replacements. Until now, Christie has not submitted a name for a full, five-year term, drawing regular criticism from lawmakers that he was sidestepping the state constitution and denying the Senate its confirmation power.

If Porrino is confirmed, as expected, he will replace current acting Attorney General Robert Lougy, who has been nominated to become a Superior Court judge. …

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