Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 10, 2013, 6:00pm

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has selected John Hoffman, a former assistant U.S. attorney, to temporarily fill the role of state attorney general.

Christie made the announcement at a news conference Monday, according to The Star-Ledger.

On Thursday, Christie selected Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to fill the late Frank Lautenberg's U.S. Senate seat.

Lautenberg, 89, died last week from complications related to viral pneumonia. A Democrat, he first served in the Senate from 1982 to 2001; after a brief retirement, he was re-elected and served from 2003 until his death.

Chiesa took office Monday, temporarily filling the late senator's seat until a special election is held in October.

The Star-Ledger reported that Christie would not say when, exactly, he would name a permanent nominee.

According to the newspaper, Hoffman was selected by Chiesa last year to serve as executive assistant attorney general.

Before that, he served as the director of the Division of Investigations in the New Jersey Comptroller's Office and, from 2004 to 2010, he worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey.

From 1996 to 2004, he worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Justice Department.

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