Chris Christie

New homeland security chief worked Daniel Pearl case

Christie picks a familiar face to lead homeland security
Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Gov.-elect Chris Christie plans to announce his choice as the leader of the state's homeland security effort this afternoon, tapping another former colleague from the U.S. Attorney's Office for his cabinet.

Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles McKenna will be introduced as Christie's choice to direct the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, said two officials who have been briefed on Christie's selection. McKenna is currently the chief of the criminal division at the federal prosecutor's office and was executive assistant U.S. attorney for much of Christie's time running the U.S. Attorney's Office.

As a federal prosecutor, McKenna was a key member of the team responsible for shaping the case against the Pakistani militant indicted for the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

He also coordinated the interaction between the U.S. Attorney's Office and other federal agencies, including those handling counter-terrorism functions.