TRENTON, N.J. -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is nominating his chief of staff, Kevin O'Dowd, to be the state's next attorney general.

At a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton on Monday, O'Dowd called his nomination a tremendous honor and opportunity and thanked the governor for his continued confidence in him.

O'Dowd is a former assistant U.S. attorney who worked for Christie when he was U.S. attorney. O'Dowd was chief of the securities and health care fraud unit.

John Hoffman has been acting attorney general since the governor named Jeffrey Chiesa in June to temporarily fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

O'Dowd's nomination will go to the state Senate. Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney issued a statement praising the governor's pick.