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Christie names his third chief counsel of the year

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James DiGiulio left Gov. Chris Christie's administration for private practice in March. Now, he has returned to Trenton.
James DiGiulio left Gov. Chris Christie's administration for private practice in March. Now, he has returned to Trenton. - ()

James DiGiulio, a lawyer who left Gov. Chris Christie's administration earlier this year, is returning as chief counsel, the Office of the Governor announced Thursday.

DiGiulio, who had been senior counsel in the governor’s office until March, will be Christie’s third chief counsel in the past five months.

DiGiulio’s initial departure from Christie’s office was announced in March. He left at the same time as then-Chief Counsel Thomas Scrivo, who co-founded the Cedar Grove-based law firm of O’Toole Scrivo, Fernandez Weiner Van Lieu LLC, and brought DiGiulio on board.

Scrivo was replaced in March by Gregory Acquaviva, an executive with UnitedHealth Group. But Christie nominated Acquaviva to a Superior Court judgeship in June, and his new role was approved by the state Senate shortly thereafter.

“I want to thank Greg for his dedication and hard work,” Christie said in a prepared statement. “While I lose his expertise on my senior staff, the public will be well-served as he brings his intellect and thoughtfulness to the New Jersey bench.

“I also want to thank Jim DiGiulio for returning from private practice to rejoin my staff. He was exemplary as senior counsel, and I am fortunate to have him aboard again, this time leading my legal team while we continue to address the many challenging issues this state faces over the next several months.”

At O’Toole Scrivo, DiGiulio handled commercial litigation matters and oversaw the administration of various firm-level matters. While senior counsel for Christie, he led the effort to obtain state health benefits savings, among other issues.

A graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore and Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, as well as the London School of Economics and Political Science, DiGulio has also served as an associate at the firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP.

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