TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has appointed a new attorney general.

Christie on Monday named Robert Lougy as acting attorney general to replace John Hoffman. Hoffman is leaving the position next month to become general counsel at Rutgers University.

Lougy is the first assistant attorney general and has worked for the state’s law and public safety department for 10 years. He was previously a public defender in Essex County.

“Robert is one of the most dedicated public servants in my Administration and I am proud to announce his appointment as Acting Attorney General,” Governor Christie said in a news release. “Robert brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the office he will now lead. His knowledge and commitment to public service will be a tremendous asset to the people of New Jersey. I look forward to having him join my cabinet.”

The Cranbury resident graduated from Penn State University and received his law degree from Columbia Law School.

“I am deeply honored and humbled that Governor Christie has appointed me to lead the Department of Law and Public Safety as Acting Attorney General,” said Lougy in the news release.  “I vow to advance the department’s great work, especially by building upon the important relationships of trust that we’ve developed with our community partners, law enforcement colleagues, and stakeholders and continuing to collaborate with them to make our cities and neighborhoods safer.”

Hoffman had served as acting attorney general since 2013. He is one of many Christie appointments with acting in their title because his appointment hadn’t been submitted to the state Senate to consider.

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