Christie’s cabinet at midterm: Turnover includes two chiefs and six cabinet officers

TRENTON – With two big moves in two weeks, Gov. Chris Christie’s cabinet at the halfway mark is shaping out much different than when he began his tenure.

Along with the two chiefs – Chief of Staff Rich Bagger and Chief Counsel Jeff Chiesa – for whom Christie announced replacements today, Christie replaced six cabinet officers since taking over as governor. Of his 16 cabinet officers, 10 have remained in their post heading into 2012.

Here is the breakdown:

Attorney General: Original: Paula Dow (Port Authority deputy chief counsel/Essex County Superior Court); Incoming: Jeff Chiesa (chief counsel)

Banking and Insurance: Original: Tom Considine

Board of Public Utilities: Original: Lee Solomon (Camden County Superior Court), Incoming: Robert Hanna (director of Division of Law)

Children and Families: Original, Allison Blake

Civil Service Commission: Original, Robert Czech

Community Affairs: Original, Lori Grifa (private sector, Wolff & Samson); Incoming, Rich Constable (deputy commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development)

Corrections: Original, Gary Lanigan

Education: Original: Bret Schundler (private sector, Charter Facility Acquisition); Acting: Christopher Cerf

Environmental Protection: Original, Bob Martin

Health and Senior Services: Original, Dr. Poonam Alaigh (private sector, Board of Directors at Common Sense Institute of N.J.); Replaced: Mary O’Dowd (deputy commissioner of Health and Senior Services)

Human Services: Original: Jennifer Velez

Labor and Workforce Development: Original: Harold Wirths

Military and Veterans’ Affairs: Original: Glenn Rieth; Incoming (interim): Michael Cunniff (commander of Air Force 108th Air Refueling Wing)

Motor Vehicles Commission: Original: Raymond Martinez

Transportation: Original: James Simpson

Treasurer: Original: Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff

Christie’s cabinet at midterm: Turnover includes two chiefs and six cabinet officers