TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Republican New Jersey Gov.-elect Chris Christie has chosen a Democrat as state Attorney General Anne Milgram's replacement.

Christie, who defeated incumbent Jon Corzine last month, said Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow will be the next attorney general when Milgram steps down. Milgram said she didn't want to keep the job after Christie's victory.

Dow worked under Christie when he served as a U.S. Attorney.

She always told me the truth," Christie said Tuesday, according to a report in The Star-Ledger of Newark said, "whether she thought that was the truth I wanted to hear -- or not."

Dow has worked as the Essex County prosecutor since 2003, and was sworn in as president of the state's County Prosecutor's Association last year.

She received her law degree from Pennsylvania University.

"It's one of the greatest challenges I've ever had," she said, according to the report. "I love being a prosecutor. How could you not love being considered as the next attorney general?"

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