New Jersey Attorney General

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State of New Jersey Office of the Attorney General
Seal of the Attorney General of New Jersey.svg
Agency overview
Jurisdiction New Jersey
Headquarters Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market Street, Trenton, New Jersey
Agency executive
Parent agency State of New Jersey

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. Under the provisions of the New Jersey State Constitution, the Attorney General serves a concurrent four-year term to the governor. Gurbir Grewal was nominated as Attorney General by Governor Phil Murphy. Grewal is the first Sikh attorney general in the United States.[1]

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 fifth 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 holders

Holders of the office of Attorney General include:[3]

Colonial period

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]



  1. ^ Matt Arco (December 13, 2017). "Phil Murphy to appoint nation's first Sikh attorney general". New Jersey On-Line LLC. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  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". 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. ^ Political Graveyard: Aaron Dickinson Woodruff, accessed August 27, 2006.
  9. ^ Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress: Theodore Frelinghuysen, accessed December 1, 2006.
  10. ^ Samuel Lewis Southard, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 1, 2006.
  11. ^ Richard Stockton Field, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 25, 2007.
  12. ^ Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus Elmer, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 20, 2007.
  13. ^ William L. Dayton, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed November 11, 2006.
  14. ^ Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 1, 2006.
  15. ^ George Maxwell Robeson, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 1, 2006.
  16. ^ New Jersey State Library biography for Joel Parker, New Jersey State Library. Accessed July 11, 2007.
  17. ^ John Potter Stockton, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 1, 2006.
  18. ^ New Jersey: State Attorneys General, The Political Graveyard. Accessed April 24, 2007.
  19. ^ "Hello to a new day", The Star-Ledger, June 22, 2007. Accessed July 11, 2007.
  20. ^ "Senate confirms 5 NJ Cabinet picks". Asbury Park Press. 2010-02-22. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  21. ^ "Paula Dow is sworn in as N.J. Attorney General". The Star-Ledger. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  22. ^ Official Biography. Accessed January 24, 2012.
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  26. ^ "Governor Christie Nominates Chris Porrino As Attorney General of the State of New Jersey" (PDF) (Press release). June 16, 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
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External links

  • New Jersey Attorney General official website
  • New Jersey Attorney General articles at Legal Newsline Legal Journal
  • New Jersey Attorney General articles at ABA Journal
  • News and Commentary at FindLaw
  • New Jersey Revised Statutes at
  • U.S. Supreme Court Opinions - "Cases with title containing: State of New Jersey" at FindLaw
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Attorney General John Jay Hoffman profile at National Association of Attorneys General
  • Press releases at New Jersey Attorney General
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