Peter C. Harvey was the first African American to serve as New Jersey Attorney General. Harvey was appointed by New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey as Acting Attorney General on February 15, 2003, and was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as Attorney General on June 16, 2003. Harvey served until 2006, when he was succeeded by Zulima Farber. Following his resignation as Attorney General, he became a Partner in the New York City law office of Patterson, Belknap, Webb, and Tyler.[1]

Peter C. Harvey
54th New Jersey Attorney General
In office
June 16, 2003 – January 30, 2006
GovernorJim McGreevey
Richard Codey
Preceded byDavid Samson
Succeeded byZulima Farber
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materMorgan State University (B.A.)
Columbia Law School (J.D.)

Harvey was one of the advisers to the National Football League in the league's 2017 personal conduct investigation of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.[2]


On January 17, 2002, then-Attorney General David Samson appointed Harvey to serve as first assistant attorney general and director of the Division of Criminal Justice, where he served prior to his appointment as Attorney General.

Harvey received his J.D. degree in 1982 from Columbia Law School. He received a B.A. in political science from Morgan State University in 1979.[3]


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Legal offices
Preceded by
David Samson
New Jersey Attorney General
June 16, 2003 – January 2006
Succeeded by
Zulima Farber