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Attorney General Paula Dow Stepping Down to Join Port Authority

12-13-11

By Michelle Sartor

Governor Christie announced at a press conference in Trenton Monday that Attorney General Paula Dow was leaving her post at the end of the year to join the Port Authority in an oversight position. He also said he would nominate her to the Superior Court of Essex County after she finishes her work with the Port Authority.

Dow will be the First Deputy General Counsel in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Office of General Counsel.

“Paula Dow has been one of my most trusted and effective cabinet members which is why she is needed to help keep the Port Authority accountable,” Christie said in a statement. “It is clear that the Port Authority has struggled to meet its fiscal and transparency demands which is why Paula will bring much needed on the ground, day to day oversight to ensure past mistakes are not repeated. Paula will accomplish this through a reassessment and reorganization of the Authority that will go hand in hand with the audit process so that there is a structure in place that will best serve the people of the region.”

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Dow served as the state’s 58th attorney general for nearly two years, getting confirmed by the Senate in February 2010. She was the state’s first African-American woman to serve as New Jersey’s attorney general. She lives in Maplewood and is a single mother of two.

Christie said Monday that he will nominate Chief Counsel to the Governor Jeff Chiesa to replace Dow as the state’s next attorney general.

“I am honored that Jeff has agreed to bring his extensive legal and law enforcement experience and no-nonsense approach to lead our state’s law enforcement efforts,” Christie said in a statement. “Jeff has long been a close, trusted advisor and friend who has always put his duties and responsibilities first with considerable talent and integrity. I have no doubt that he will build on Paula Dow’s record of success in leading the Department of Law and Public Safety.”