Governor Chris Christie said Monday that he would consider appointing former New Jersey Attorney General Michael P. Donovan as his deputy attorney General and that he had spoken with Donovan’s chief of staff about the job.
“We had a chance to speak with both of them, and we spoke about that.
We’re all very interested in what they think about it, and if they’d like to come back to New Jersey, we’d be very interested to work with them,” Christie said in a brief interview with NJ Advance Media.
“So I would welcome them back to the state.
They have great experience and I think that they would be terrific officials.”
Donovan is an outspoken critic of the Christie administration, and he served as the chief of New Jersey’s public defender bureau for nearly a decade.
He is also a lawyer with the firm Hogan Lovells, which has represented clients including former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I think it’s a terrific position to be in,” Donovan said of Christie’s deputy attorney-general role.
“The fact that I am a former prosecutor makes me qualified for the position.”
In a recent New York Times profile, Donovan, a Republican, detailed his efforts to secure convictions in a high-profile corruption case, arguing that his team was able to secure evidence in a case involving Trump.
“If there’s one person who should have done more in the investigation than Mr. Donovan, it’s me,” he said.
“You’ve got to understand, if there’s a real crime here, I’d do it the same way,” Donovan continued.
“I don’t have any issues with the attorney general.
I think he’s a good attorney.
I respect him.
I know he has a reputation for integrity.”
The appointment of Donovan comes as Christie prepares to seek re-election next year.
He has not yet publicly endorsed anyone in his reelection bid.
Christie also announced that he has appointed former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to the National Commission on Law Enforcement and Homeland Security, and former Assistant Attorney General Stephen A. Fincher to the Commission on Crime and Terrorism.
He also appointed former U.S. Attorney Michael B. Wood to serve as the Commission’s chief prosecutor.