New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week appointed Sen. Bill Baroni to serve as deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New ­Jersey.

Baroni will leave the Legislature to take on the new position. He became a senator for Mercer and Middlesex counties in 2008 after serving in the General Assembly for four years. He is an attorney with Fornaro Francioso LLC and teaches law at Seton Hall University. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia.

“Senator Baroni is a distinguished leader with a record of putting the public first,” Christie said in a prepared statement. “I know that Bill shares my commitment to accountability and ending wasteful spending throughout state ­government.”

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