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U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain-designate Steven C. Bondy as a Livingston High School student in 1979. (Photo: Livingston High School.)

Biden picks Livingston native as Ambassador to Bahrain

Career diplomat played Little League with future governor

By David Wildstein, April 19 2021 6:03 pm

President Joseph Biden has nominated Steven C. Bondy, a career diplomat who grew up in Livingston, to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain.

Bondy currently serves as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State, where he’s worked since 1991.  He has been posted at embassies in Afghanistan Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Bahrain.  He is the former director of Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the State Department.

He would become the second Jewish Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, following Adam Ereli, another career diplomat who held the post under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.   Bondy celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El in Livingston.

Like former Gov. Chris Christie, Bondy is a 1980 graduate of Livingston High School and a 1984 graduate of the University of Delaware.  It’s not immediately clear whether the former governor, who was class president and a star athlete, knew Bondy in high school, or in college.

Bondy was also a standout baseball player.  He and Christie both made the Livingston American Little League All-Star team in 1975.

The next step for Bondy’s nomination will be approval by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by New Jerseyan Bob Menendez, and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

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