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Acting New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin. (Photo: New Jersey State Police/Tim Larsen).

Gill signs off on Platkin, leaving Codey as sole holdout

Murphy’s choice for N.J. attorney general now has 3 of 4 Essex senators in his corner

By David Wildstein, June 29 2022 1:24 pm

Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin has moved one step closer to Senate confirmation after State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair) signed off on his nomination on Tuesday.

Gill joins Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark) in backing Platkin.

That leaves former Gov. Richard Codey (D-Roseland) as the lone Essex County senator to sign off under the state’s unwritten rule of senatorial courtesy that prevents the Senate from considering confirmation until senators from a nominee’s home county sign off.  Platkin is from Montclair.

Codey told the New Jersey Globe on Wednesday that he had no comment on his plans regarding Platkin’s nomination.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the nomination of Platkin, his former chief counsel, on February 3.  The New Jersey Globe first reported the Platkin appointment.

Codey and Gill will potentially face-off in a Democratic State Senate primary next year after legislative redistricting put the two into the newly-draw 27th district.   Codey, who spent fourteen months as governor between 2004 and 2006 and has served in the legislature since 1974, is the favorite in that primary.

Platkin was named to succeed Andrew Bruck, who became acting attorney general last July after Gurbir Grewal resigned to join the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bruck had been a finalist for the post, along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamel Semper and Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-West Orange).

Platkin became chief counsel to the governor in January 2018, taking office the day Murphy did.  He has been one of Murphy’s top aides since 2016, when he joined New way for New Jersey, Murphy’s non-profit, in 2016.  He served as policy director for the Murphy for Governor campaign in 2017.

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