TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Though there are no official announcements or news releases at this time, State Senator and former Governor Richard Codey is not surprised to hear that State Attorney General Paula Dow may step down.

“I’ve been hearing rumors and everyone else for the last six months that she would like to go and become a judge,” said Codey.

If true, the senator expects Governor Chris Christie would nominate Dow to a post before year’s end. After, she’d face Senate Judiciary hearings.

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“There’s been no nomination from the Governor’s Office, although certainly if the rumors are correct, it will be expected in a couple of weeks or a month from now,” Codey said. “She’ll be probed and questioned just like any nominee, and when you come from the attorney general’s office, I’m sure there very well may be some issues. Who knows? It remains to be seen,” Codey said.

If Dow leaves her post as Attorney General, Codey has his suspicions as to who would be her successor.

“The rumor has been for a long time the Governor’s Chief Counsel, gentleman by the name of Jeff Chiesa, who was a very good assistant under Chris Christie in the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” said Codey. “A very intelligent man, straight, honest, someone who certainly can clearly be a very good attorney general for the state of New Jersey.”

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