Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed one of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's criminal defense attorneys as interim U.S. Attorney for the state, making Craig Carpenito the second of Christie's lawyers to land top posts via the Trump administration.
Carpenito and 16 other interim choices announced by Sessions on Wednesday also could potentially receive a formal nomination by President Donald Trump to fulltime four-year terms in the jobs. Those nominations would be subject to confirmation by the Senate. Trump has 120 days to submit nominations for the permanent positions.
Trump last year chose Christopher Wray, another lawyer for Christie, to serve as FBI director not long after James Comey was fired on May 9, 2017. Wray was confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 1.