Monday, December 2, 2013

NJ Gov. Christie's top-level administration changes

Gov. Chris Christie today announced changes at the top levels of his administration, nominating a new attorney general and naming a new
chief of staff.

Council's Office Regina Egea  Amy Cradic - Formerly with DEP now Gov Christie's
             Kevin O’Dowd              Regina Egea                  Amy Cradic

The Republican governor picked his current chief of staff, Kevin O’Dowd,
to become attorney general and Regina Egea, currently director of the authorities unit, to take the chief of staff position. Former NJDEP Assistant Commissioner Amy Cradic will become the new deputy chief of staff. 

Christie encouraged the state Senate to confirm O’Dowd by the end of the current session on Jan. 14. Senate President Steve Sweeney today had nice things to say about O'Dowd which could signal that the confirmation may go smoothly. That has not been the case for
a number of the governor's judicial appointments whose nominations have been blocked or delayed in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Prior to joining the Christie Administration, O’Dowd served as the Chief of the Securities and Healthcare Fraud Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. During his seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, O’Dowd prosecuted various crimes ranging from healthcare, securities and financial fraud matters to international child pornography distribution, cyber crimes and narcotics trafficking violations.

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Prior to her current assignment, Egea was Chief of Staff to the State Treasurer. There, her responsibilities included general management of all Treasury operations and she also played a leading role in developing and implementing the pension and benefit reforms that Governor Christie signed into law in June 2011. Before joining state government in February 2010, Egea was a Senior Vice President with AT&T in Bedminster where she led its global sales segment marketing team.

Since March of 2012, Cradic has served as Gov. Christie's Senior Policy Advisor for Energy, Environment, Transportation, Labor, State Planning, Tourism and Gaming, Intergovernmental Relations and Federal Issues. Prior to joining the administration she was worked for six years at the Department of Environmental Protection where she was Asst. Commissioner for natural and historic resource programs, overseeing an operating budget of $90 million and a 900 full-time and 750 part-time staff. 

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