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Chief Counsel to the Governor Matt Platkin

Platkin leaving Murphy to work for Booker

Will serve as special counsel to the senator during Trump impeachment trial

By David Wildstein, January 10 2020 4:57 pm

Matt Platkin, Gov. Phil Murphy’s chief counsel, will resign next week to join the staff of U.S. Senator Cory Booker during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Platkin is expected to rejoin the governor’s office after the conclusion of the impeachment process, sources have confirmed.

Sources say that Platkin approached Booker’s former chief of staff, Matt Klapper, with a request to advise Booker during the impeachment trial.  Still, other sources dispute that.

Platkin will leave after Murphy delivers his State of the State address on Tuesday.

“Matt is among the smartest and most ethical people I’ve ever met in my life. I cannot think of a better person to advise Senator Booker as the impeachment trial begins,” Murphy said in a statement sent to the New Jersey Globe on Friday evening.   “And at this somber and critical juncture in American history, I cannot imagine having better champions for the people of New Jersey than Senators Menendez and Booker.”

It is not immediately clear who will serve as acting chief counsel during Platkin’s absence.

Booker, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, will likely vote to impeach Trump.

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