TRENTON - New Jersey Gov.-elect Chris Christie announced his first Cabinet selection yesterday, choosing a career prosecutor and former colleague as his nominee for attorney general.

Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow, 54, would lead the 9,000-employee Department of Law and Public Safety if she is confirmed by the Senate.

Christie, a Republican, looked past Dow's affiliation with the Democratic Party, pulling instead from the reservoir of former prosecutors with whom he worked as U.S. attorney.

-Associated Press