- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has chosen a college friend to run the state Board of Public Utilities and a Democratic lawmaker to join as a member.

Christie on Thursday nominated Richard Mroz to become president of the board that regulates utilities. He was chief counsel to former Gov. Christie Whitman and attended the University of Delaware with Christie.

He also selected Democratic Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (shih-vuh-KOOL’-uh) to be a member and nominated current member Joseph Fiordaliso to a third term.

All three would need Senate approval for posts on the board.

Mroz would replace Dianne Solomon as president if he is approved. Christie said that when she became president earlier this year, it was with the expectation that it would not be a long-term position.

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