Kevin O'Dowd, Christie’s Chief of Staff will be leaving to take a job at Cooper University Hospital.  O’Dowdimage has been with the Christie administration since 2012 and was said to have been the nomination for the state Attorney General but that’s going to happen now.

At Cooper hospital O’Dowd will be involved with the relationship the hospital has with MD Anderson and will oversee marketing, human resources and compliance.  It was just in September that the CEO of Cooper Hospital and his wife died in a mysterious house fire which is still under investigation.  O’Dowd’s wife is also well connected with being the current commissioner of the state department of Health.  That would have been interesting if he were stay and become Attorney General, so maybe a good time for a move.  BD

Gov. Christie's chief of staff, Kevin O'Dowd, will step down this month to work for Cooper University Hospital in Camden, nearly a year after the governor named O'Dowd his pick for attorney general.

O'Dowd, whose selection as attorney general never moved forward after controversy arose over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, will serve as senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Cooper, where he will focus on business development, Christie officials said. He will start at Cooper in January.

In a telephone interview, Christie said O'Dowd told him two or three weeks ago he had received the job offer from Cooper and was thinking about it.

O'Dowd's wife, Mary, serves as commissioner of the state Department of Health.

Christie said the prospect that his chief of staff would face questions about the bridge scandal during a confirmation process before a Democratic-controlled Senate "didn't play a role in this at all." He noted that O'Dowd had already faced hours of questions about the matter from a legislative committee.


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