By David Madden

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) — New Jersey has its first ever Chief Technology Officer.

David Weinstein has been part of Governor Chris Christie’s cyber security team for more than a year now. On Monday, Weinstein was elevated to the new position as yet another move, according to the governor, to make New Jersey safer to live and work in.

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“Serving as a member of my cabinet, Dave will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic policies, as well as information security standards and requirements,” Christie told reporters at a formal announcement this past week.

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The idea is for government to keep pace with efforts in the private sector, not just to protect against cyber attacks, but to take advantage of the opportunities technology has to offer.

“All of us see both the great potential in the burgeoning expansion of technology,” Christie said. “But we also see the perils that are involved as well and those perils are real to the people of our state.”

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Weinstein’s been given until Labor Day to get the new Office of Information Technology up and running.