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Garg is Murphy’s new chief counsel

By David Wildstein, October 09 2020 9:47 am

Parimal Garg, Chief Counsel (Office of the Attorney General / Tim Larsen)

Gov. Phil Murphy today named Parimal Garg as his new chief counsel.

The 31-year-old Garg, who has developed a reputation as a brilliant lawyer, has been deputy chief counsel since the start of Murphy’s governorship.  He becomes the first non-white chief counsel in New Jersey history.

He will replace Matt Platkin, who is departing to become a partner at Lowenstein Sandler, a major law firm.

“I’ve relied on Parimal’s counsel for more than four years, and I consider him one of the sharpest legal minds in New Jersey,” Murphy said. “As we continue to manage the challenging issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, I know Parimal will continue to provide the invaluable counsel he’s brought as an integral member of my senior team.”

As deputy chief counsel, Garg has been involved in authoring a record number of executive orders a Murphy deals with the effects of a global health pandemic.

“For more than four years, I have had the honor of working side by side with Parimal as he has tirelessly fought to make our state stronger and fairer,” said Platkin. “His unique combination of integrity, intellect, passion, and empathy make him a terrific choice to serve in the critical role of Chief Counsel. He has been integral to the Murphy Administration’s success to date, and I look forward to many future accomplishments under his leadership.”

Parimal Garg, left, with then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama during a 2005 campaign appearance in Trenton for gubernatorial candidate Jon Corzine.

Garg served as a law clerk to New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner before joining the Murphy campaign as a senior policy advisor in 2016.  He’s a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School and worked as an associate at Paul, Weiss, one of New York’s top law firms.

“I’m deeply honored to continue serving Governor Murphy as he works to protect New Jersey from the worst public health crisis in a century and build a stronger and fairer state for all 9 million residents,” Garg stated. “I am especially grateful to Chief Counsel Matt Platkin for the standard of excellence and integrity that he has brought to the job every day, and I look forward to working alongside the rest of the team on behalf of the people of New Jersey.”

Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City), one of two South Asian Americans in the New Jersey legislature, praised Garg’s appointment.

“Parimal is a legal genius. In working with him on myriad legislation, I’ve found him to be incredibly humble, open-minded, and thoughtful, with the perfect temperament to deal with the Legislature,” Mukherji said.  “Between Attorney General Grewal and Parimal, the Governor has chosen to surround himself with razor sharp legal minds who care deeply about their oaths and all New Jerseyans, while also showing meaningful respect to our brown community and New Jersey’s beautiful diversity.”

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