A look at NJ governor’s choice for US Senate seat

NAME: Jeffrey S. Chiesa

AGE: 47

RESIDENCE: Branchburg, N.J.

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican

NEW FOUR-MONTH JOB: appointed by Gov. Chris Christie as U.S. senator, effective Monday, filling seat of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg until the winner of an Oct. 16 special election takes office. Will not run for election.

CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION ROLES: state attorney general since Jan. 10, 2012; governor’s chief counsel, 2010-11; executive director of governor’s transition team following Christie’s 2009 election.

FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: served under then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, 2002-2009.

PRIVATE LAW WORK: partner at firm of Wolf & Samson, and earlier at firm of Dughi & Hewit, where Christie also practiced.

EDUCATION: law degree from Catholic University, 1990; bachelor’s degree from University of Notre Dame, 1987.

FAMILY: wife, Jenny; two children.

QUOTE: “I’ve only had these chances because of the governor. I don’t kid myself.”

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