If Christopher Christie wins the race for governor tomorrow, look for Jeffrey Chiesa to become an extraordinarily powerful man in New Jersey politics. Christie’s longtime friend could find himself on short lists for Chief of Staff, Counsel to the Governor, and Attorney General.
The 44-year-old Chiesa and Christie were law partners at Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci and went to the U.S. Attorney’s office together in 2002. Chiesa served as Chief of the Public Protection Unit, as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney, and as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. He prosecuted former Senate President John Lynch and Harry Parkin, who was Mercer County Executive Robert Prunetti’s Chief of Staff.
Chiesa, who let the U.S. Attorney’s office last year, has been on the inner circle of the campaign for governor.