Jeffrey S. Chiesa
|Jeffrey S. Chiesa|
|59th New Jersey Attorney General|
January 10, 2012
|Preceded by||Paula Dow|
|Alma mater||University of Notre Dame (B.B.A.)
Columbus School of Law (J.D.)
Jeffrey S. Chiesa (born 1965) is the 59th and current Attorney General of New Jersey, appointed by Governor Chris Christie. He was sworn in on January 10, 2012, succeeding Paula Dow. Prior to his appointment, he served as Chief Counsel to Governor Christie.
Chiesa grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey, the eldest of three children. When he was 8 years old, his father, a chemical plant worker, died, and he was raised by his mother, a public school teacher. He graduated from University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. He earned his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in 1990.
In 1988, Chiesa joined the Cranford law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci (now known as Dughi & Hewit). There he met Chris Christie, who had joined the firm in 1987. In 2002, he followed Christie to the office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he led a number of the office's high-profile public corruption cases, including the one against former State Senate President John A. Lynch, Jr. He served as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney, Chief of the Public Protection Unit, and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. He left in 2009 to become a partner in the firm of Wolf & Samson.
In 2009, after Christie was elected Governor of New Jersey, Chiesa headed his transition team. Christie then named Chiesa his chief counsel. He served in this position until being nominated by Christie to succeed Paula Dow as Attorney General on December 12, 2011. Chiesa was sworn in as Dow's successor on January 10, 2012.
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|Attorney General of New Jersey
2012 – present