High-ranking Republicans familiar with steps Governor-elect Chris Christie is taking to shape his administration said Monday that U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Ralph Marra is in line to become state attorney general after the Republican takes office on Jan. 19.
Marra was close to Christie when he served as U.S. attorney for New Jersey and helped guide many of the official corruption investigations that aided the governor-elect in gaining his reputation as a corruption crime-buster.
Marra was indirectly helpful in helping Christie campaign when he guided the corruption roundup in July that led to the arrest of over 20 public officials, all but one of them Democrats and including high-level Jersey City officials, two Assemblymen, and the mayors of Secaucus, Hoboken and Ridgefield.The information from Republicans comes as Christie told reporters in Hamilton, Mercer County, that current Attorney General Anne Milgram would be replaced when he takes office.
"She says she doesn't want to stay," Christie said. "Someone who says they don't want to stay, I don't want to consider."
David Wald, a spokesman for Milgram told The Star-Ledger that she has not spoken with Christie or members of his transition team.
Christie praised Milgram's ability as attorney general. They cooperated in the successful prosecution of former Newark mayor Sharpe James for fraud and conspiracy.
Christie did not say whom he would appoint to replace Milgram, but he wants a "tough" prosecutor who would make official corruption a priority and work with the U.S. attorney's office. The Republican sources, who asked not to be identified, spoke after Christie's Hamilton appearance.
Milgram became attorney general in June 2007 and is recognized for fighting crime and corruption more than recent past attorney generals. The state attorney general is oversees 9,000 employees in the Department of Law and Public Safety, including the State Police.