- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has chosen a CIA official to lead New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

Christie announced his choice Christopher Rodriguez on Tuesday. He’s due to start in the position on Monday.

Rodriguez has spent more than a decade with the CIA, where he has held a variety of analytical and management positions. He previously served as a policy advisor on Governor Christie’s staff, where he oversaw the homeland security, transportation, law and public safety, military and veterans’ affairs departments from 2011 to 2012.

Rodriguez succeeds Edward Dickson, who has led the department since February 2012. Dickson is leaving the administration to pursue new opportunities in the private sector.

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