Chris Christie’s former Bridgegate defense lawyer is now New Jersey’s interim U.S. Attorney

Another New Jersey figure is getting a big federal post from the Trump Administration, Save Jerseyans, even as Christie himself prepares to head into the political unknown.

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Craig Carpenito as the interim U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, one of 17 appointments made today.

Carpenito worked under Christie when the latter served as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey in that office’s securities and health care fraud unit.

He later defended Governor Christie against a Bridgegate-related misconduct complaint.

A partner with Alston & Bird LLP, Carpenito will report to work on Friday. Chris Christie’s term as New Jersey Governor ends of January 16th.