New Jersey Attorney General

The Attorney General of New Jersey is a member of the executive cabinet of the state and oversees the Department of Law and Public Safety. The office is appointed by the Governor of New Jersey, confirmed by the New Jersey Senate, and term limited. It is the only state where the attorney general is apppointed as opposed to elected.[1] Under the provisions of the New Jersey State Constitution, the Attorney General serves a concurrent term to the governor (starting on the third Tuesday of January following the election and ending on the third Tuesday following the next election). Matt Platkin became the acting officeholder on February 14, 2022, following his nomination by Governor Phil Murphy.

State of New Jersey Office of the Attorney General
Seal of the Attorney General of New Jersey.svg
Agency overview
JurisdictionNew Jersey
HeadquartersRichard J. Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market Street, Trenton, New Jersey
Agency executive
Parent agencyState of New Jersey
WebsiteOfficial website

The conventional wisdom is that the attorney general cannot be removed from office except "for cause" by the governor or by way of legislative impeachment.[2]

It is fourth in the line of succession after the lieutenant governor of New Jersey, president of the New Jersey Senate, and speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly. The attorney general cannot also serve as the lieutenant governor.

List of office holdersEdit

Holders of the office of attorney general include:[3]

Colonial periodEdit

Term of office Attorney General Notes and references
1704
–1714
Alexander Griffith Alexander Griffith was the first Colonial New Jersey Attorney General.
1714
–1719
Thomas Burnett Gordon (17 April 1652—April 28, 1722) was a Scottish emigrant to the Thirteen Colonies who became Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and New Jersey Attorney General for the Province of New Jersey.[4]
1719
–1723
Jeremiah Basse (died 1725) was a governor of both West Jersey and East Jersey. He became governor of West Jersey in 1697, and became governor of East Jersey in 1697.
1723
–1728
James Alexander (May 27, 1691
– April 2, 1756) was a lawyer and statesman in colonial New York. He served in the Colonial Assembly and as attorney general of the colony in 1721
–23. His son William was later a major general in the Continental Army during the American revolution. Alexandria Township, New Jersey was named after James Alexander.
1728
–1733
Lawrence Smyth
1733
–1754
Joseph Warrell
1754
–1776
Cortlandt Skinner (December 16, 1727
– March 15, 1799) was the last colonial attorney general of New Jersey and a brigadier general in the British Loyalist force, the New Jersey Volunteers during the American Revolutionary War.[5][6]

Post-independenceEdit

# Picture Attorney General Term in office Party affiliation Appointed by
1   William Paterson[7](1745–1806) 1776

1783
[data unknown/missing] William Livingston
2   Joseph Bloomfield

(1753–1823)

1783

1792
Anti-Administration
3 Aaron Woodruff[8] 1792

1811
Federalist William Paterson
4 Andrew S. Hunter 1811 Democratic-Republican Aaron Ogden
5 Aaron Woodruff[8] 1812

June 26, 1817
Federalist Joseph Bloomfield
6   Theodore Frelinghuysen February 6, 1817

March 4, 1829
Democratic-Republican Isaac Halsted Williamson
7   Samuel L. Southard[9] 1829

1833
National Republican [data unknown/missing]
8 John Moore White 1833

1838
[data unknown/missing] [data unknown/missing]
9   Richard Stockton Field[10] 1838

1841
[data unknown/missing] William Pennington
10 George P. Mollesson 1841

1844
[data unknown/missing]
11 Richard P. Thompson 1844

1845
[data unknown/missing] Daniel Haines
12   Abraham Browning 1845

1850
Democratic
13   Lucius Elmer[11] 1850

1852
Democratic
14 Richard P. Thompson 1852

1857
[data unknown/missing] George Franklin Fort
15   William L. Dayton[12] 1857

1861
Republican William A. Newell
16   Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen[13] 1861

1867
Republican Charles Smith Olden
17   George M. Robeson[14] 1867

1870
Republican Marcus Lawrence Ward
18 Robert Gilchrist Jr. 1870

1875
Democratic Theodore Fitz Randolph
19   Joel Parker[15] 1875 Democratic Joseph D. Bedle
20 Jacob Vanatta 1875

1877
[data unknown/missing]
21   John P. Stockton[16] April 8, 1877

April 5, 1897
Democratic
22 Samuel H. Grey[17] 1897

1902
[data unknown/missing] John W. Griggs
23 Thomas N. McCarter 1902

1903
[data unknown/missing] Franklin Murphy
24 Robert H. McCarter 1903

1908
[data unknown/missing]
25   Edmund Wilson Sr. 1908

1914
Republican John Franklin Fort
26   John Wesley Wescott 1914

1919
Democratic James F. Fielder
27 Thomas F. McCran 1919

1924
Republican Walter Evans Edge
28 Edward L. Katzenbach 1924

1929
[data unknown/missing] George S. Silzer
29 William A. Stevens 1929

1934
[data unknown/missing] Morgan F. Larson
30 David T. Wilentz 1934

1944
Democratic A. Harry Moore
31 Walter D. Van Riper 1944

1948
[data unknown/missing] Walter Evans Edge
32 Theodore D. Parsons February 4, 1948

1954
[data unknown/missing] Alfred E. Driscoll
33 Grover C. Richman Jr. 1954

1958
[data unknown/missing] Robert B. Meyner
34 David D. Furman 1958

1962
[data unknown/missing]
35 Arthur J. Sills January 6, 1962

1970
[data unknown/missing] Richard J. Hughes
36 George Francis Kugler Jr. 1970

1974
[data unknown/missing] William T. Cahill
37 William F. Hyland 1974

1978
Democratic Brendan Byrne
38 John J. Degnan January 17, 1978

March 5, 1981
Democratic
39 James R. Zazzali 1981

1982
Democratic
40 Irwin I. Kimmelman January 19, 1982

January 21, 1986
Republican Thomas Kean
41 W. Cary Edwards January 21, 1986

January 19, 1989
Republican
42 Peter N. Perretti Jr. February 14, 1989

January 16, 1990
[data unknown/missing]
43 Robert Del Tufo January 16, 1990

August 24, 1994
Democratic Jim Florio
44 Deborah Portiz January 18, 1994

July 10, 1996
Republican Christine Todd Whitman
45 Peter Verniero July 10, 1996

May 15, 1999
Republican
46   John Farmer Jr. June 3, 1999

January 15, 2002
Republican
47 David Samson January 15, 2002

February 15, 2003
[data unknown/missing] Jim McGreevey
48 Peter C. Harvey February 15, 2003

January 30, 2006
Democratic
49 Zulima Farber January 30, 2006

August 31, 2006
Democratic Jon Corzine
Acting   Anne Milgram[18] August 31, 2006

September 26, 2006
[data unknown/missing]
50 Stuart Rabner September 26, 2006

June 29, 2007
Democratic
51   Anne Milgram[18] June 29, 2007

January 18, 2010
[data unknown/missing]
52 Paula Dow[19][20] January 18, 2010

January 10, 2012
Democratic Chris Christie
53   Jeffrey S. Chiesa January 10, 2012

June 6, 2013
Republican
Acting   John Jay Hoffman June 10, 2013

March 14, 2016
Republican
Acting Robert Lougy March 2016

June 2016
[data unknown/missing]
54   Christopher Porrino June 21, 2016

January 16, 2018
Independent
55   Gurbir Grewal January 16, 2018

July 19, 2021
Democratic Phil Murphy
Acting   Andrew Bruck July 19, 2021

February 14, 2022
Democratic
Acting   Matt Platkin February 14, 2022

present
Democratic

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Murphy's close adviser just one step from confirmation as N.J. Attorney general after clearing key panel". 8 August 2022.
  2. ^ Letter from OLS Deputy Counsel Danielle A. Brucchieri to Senate Republican Office, Office of Legislative Services, May 9, 2005. Accessed December 2, 2008.
  3. ^ Past Attorneys General, New Jersey Attorney General. Accessed December 15, 2007.
  4. ^ "Thomas Gordon Attorney General 1714-1719". Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Brigadier General Cortland Skinner". www.royalprovincial.com. The On-Line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  6. ^ Lamb, Martha Joanna (1877). Embracing the period prior to the Revolution, closing in 1774. A.S. Barnes and Company. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  7. ^ William Paterson, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 1, 2006.
  8. ^ a b Political Graveyard: Aaron Dickinson Woodruff, accessed August 27, 2006.
  9. ^ Samuel Lewis Southard, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 1, 2006.
  10. ^ Richard Stockton Field, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 25, 2007.
  11. ^ Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus Elmer, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 20, 2007.
  12. ^ William L. Dayton, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed November 11, 2006.
  13. ^ Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 1, 2006.
  14. ^ George Maxwell Robeson, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 1, 2006.
  15. ^ New Jersey State Library biography for Joel Parker, New Jersey State Library. Accessed July 11, 2007.
  16. ^ John Potter Stockton, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 1, 2006.
  17. ^ New Jersey: State Attorneys General, The Political Graveyard. Accessed April 24, 2007.
  18. ^ a b "Hello to a new day", The Star-Ledger, June 22, 2007. Accessed July 11, 2007.
  19. ^ "Senate confirms 5 NJ Cabinet picks". Asbury Park Press. 2010-02-22. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  20. ^ "Paula Dow is sworn in as N.J. Attorney General". The Star-Ledger. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-02-23.

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