The Attorneys General
Jeffrey S. Chiesa (R)
New Jersey Attorney General
Appointed: January 2012
Jeffrey S. Chiesa was officially sworn in as New Jersey’s 59th Attorney General on January 10, 2012 at the Hughes Justice Complex.
Chiesa, 46, served as Chief Counsel to Governor Christie from January 2010 through December 2011, when he was nominated by the Governor to be New Jersey Attorney General. His nomination was confirmed by unanimous vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 5, and approved by the Senate by a vote of 37-0 on Monday night.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Counsel, Chiesa served as Executive Director of Governor Christie’s Transition Team. Chiesa was previously a partner at the law firm of Wolf & Samson in their litigation group.
Before joining Wolf & Samson, Chiesa worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey from 2002 to 2009, concluding his tenure there as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. He also served as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney and as Chief of the Public Protection Unit. Chiesa was involved in all aspects of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including the management of the Criminal, Civil, Appeals and Special Prosecutions Divisions.
As a unit chief, Chiesa supervised a group of Assistant U.S. Attorneys primarily responsible for the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases involving bank robbery, child pornography, human trafficking and identity theft. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chiesa was a partner at the law firm of Dughi & Hewit, where he litigated civil matters, including the representation of medical professionals and hospitals.
Chiesa is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He earned his Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America.
Chiesa lives in Somerset County with his wife and two children.