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Former AUSA Becomes US Senator

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It's always a good sign when someone with day-to-day exposure to the realities of the criminal justice system gets a voice in a body as powerful as the US Senate. Today, Gov. Chris Christie, himself a former US Attorney, appointed his one-time chief adviser in the USAO, Jeff Chiesa, to serve as the interim Senator from New Jersey, taking the seat of the late Frank Lautenberg.

I don't know Mr. Chiesa, but I'm glad to see a fellow former AUSA in Congress.  No doubt he'll talk some sense into Pat Leahy and Rand Paul.

OK, that last part was a joke, but I'm still glad to see his promotion.   
Mr. Chiesa, who is presently New Jersey's Attorney General, has this biography listed on the Office's website:

Jeffrey S. Chiesa, Attorney General

Jeffrey S. Chiesa

Attorney General

 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. 

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Too brief, though. He is not running in the special election.

To talk sense into Leahy he would have to be there ... well, we don't know how long because it's never been done.

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