- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has selected the Garden State’s newest comptroller following the recent resignation of acting Comptroller Marc Larkins amid claims of cronyism.

Officials say Philip Degnan will be formally nominated in the coming weeks. Degnan is currently the head of the State Commission of Investigation and formerly served as a federal prosecutor under Christie during his time as U.S. Attorney.

Degnan said he was “honored” to receive the nomination but declined to comment on his future plans for the office.

Christie says Degnan “will bring the integrity and investigative experience necessary to effectively lead this independent office.”

Larkins, nominated by Christie in December 2013, abruptly resigned in August after officials questioned his decision to appoint a longtime friend as the director of the office’s Medicaid Fraud Division.

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