Christie says state’s acting AG is ‘an outstanding person’

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie tapped John Hoffman as the state’s acting attorney general.

The governor announced his decision to select Hoffman during a Monday Statehouse news conference. Hoffman is filling in for former Attorney General Jeff Chiesa, who is being sworn into the U.S. Senate today in Washington D.C.

Hoffman was a part of Chiesa’s executive staff.

“I’ve known him for a long time. I have great respect for him. He worked for me at the United States Attorney’s Office,” said Christie, referring to Hoffman as “an outstanding lawyer [and] an outstanding person.”

The governor said he will make a judgment “at some point in the future” whether to appoint Hoffman to serve as the state’s next attorney general or whether he will find another person to replace Chiesa.

“But, people should rest assured that Acting Attorney General Hoffman is on the job, has been designated, and is operating as we speak today,” he said.

Hoffman was appointed Friday.

Christie says state’s acting AG is ‘an outstanding person’