Kevin O'Dowd is a New Jersey public servant and political figure who served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie.[1] He was considered, but not formally nominated, for the position of Attorney General of the State of New Jersey.

O'Dowd was born in Morristown, New Jersey.[2] He graduated from Catholic University of America and St. John's University law school.[3] O'Dowd was hired by then-US Attorney Chris Christie and served as a federal prosecutor.[4] He worked in the US Attorney's Office Securities and Health Care Fraud Unit. O'Dowd spent two years employed as Chief of Staff to the Governor of New Jersey.[5] O'Dowd lives in New Brunswick.[2]

On December 3, 2013, O'Dowd was nominated to be the next Attorney General of New Jersey.[5] O'Dowd's confirmation hearing was scheduled for January 14, 2014, but was postponed.[3] O'Dowd is one of several New Jersey state employees within the governor's office subpoenaed by the New Jersey Legislature panel investigating the Fort Lee lane closure scandal.[6] On June 9, 2014, he opened his testimony to the panel with a statement that he had "no prior knowledge of" and "played no role in" the lane closings. New Jersey State Senate Democrats said they would consider taking up his nomination as attorney general if his testimony did not disclose any major revelations regarding the investigation.[7]

It was announced in November 2014 that O'Dowd would step down as Chief of Staff and work a Cooper University Hospital in Camden.[8]

He is married to the state's Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Mary E. O’Dowd.[9]

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  1. ^ "Senior Staff". Office of the Governor. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  2. ^ a b "40 Under 40: Kevin Michael O'Dowd". The Irish Echo. New York City. 2011. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  3. ^ a b Reitmeyer, John (2 December 2013). "Christie nominates chief of staff to attorney general post". The Record. Woodland Park: NorthJersey.com. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  4. ^ "Chris Christie Nominating Chief Of Staff As New Jersey Attorney General". The Huffington Post. Reuters. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  5. ^ a b Portnoy, Jenna (3 December 2013). "Chris Christie nominates his chief of staff to serve as attorney general". The Star-Ledger. Newark: NJ.com. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  6. ^ Isherwood, Darryl (10 February 2014). "Spokesman: Several employees have asked state to pay attorney fees in bridgegate probe". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  7. ^ Baxter, Christopher (9 June 2014). "Christie chief of staff says Bridget Kelly insisted she had no role in lane closings". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  8. ^ Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman (November 16, 2014). "Christie's chief of staff headed to Cooper Hospital job". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  9. ^ http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/11/17/high-profile-couple-will-have-to-tiptoe-through-ethical-minefield/