Christie steps down as U.S. attorney

New Jersey?s top federal law enforcement official stepped down Monday, setting up what could be a run at the governor?s office.

After seven years as a George W. Bush appointed U.S. attorney, Chris Christie has decided to officially leave office starting Dec. 1. Christie has a long record of arresting corrupt elected or appointed officials including former Newark Mayor and state Sen. Sharpe James, state Sen. Wayne Bryant, and former Passaic Mayor Sammy Rivera.

Outside of the 130 convicted elected officials on Christie?s record are the arrests of several terrorists including the Fort Dix Six.

?It has been the greatest professional experience of my life to serve the Department of Justice,? wrote Christie in a letter to the U.S. attorney. ?To serve with the dedicated people of this office, and to serve the people of New Jersey.?

Many Republicans, including close friend Sen. Kip Bateman, have already speculated that Christie will make a run for the governor?s office in New Jersey.

?I think that he will make an excellent governor because honest people respect him,? said Sen. Bateman. ?I think that he's a breath of fresh air so I'm looking forward to other announcements.?

Gov. Jon Corzine?s office had no comment about a possible Christie campaign for his office.

A replacement will be chosen by the Justice Department, which will have to make decisions about the office and staff. Ultimately, the new Obama Administration will select Christie?s successor.

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