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Rev. Charles F. Boyer, the founding director of Salvation for Social Justice and the pastor of Bethel AME church in Woodbury. (Photo: Salvation for Social Justice).

Key Black clergy back Platkin for attorney general

Support from civil rights leaders can help Murphy nominee win Senate approval

By David Wildstein, February 03 2022 9:42 am

The prominent Members of the New Jersey clergy who play a leading role in civil right and social justice issues in the state are extolling Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Matt Platkin as the next attorney general on Twitter Thursday morning, giving the fledgling nomination support among respected leaders in the Black community.

Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer, the pastor at Greater Mount Zion AME in Trenton and the founding director of the grassroots Salvation for Social Justice, said that Platkin “has been a great partner” for his group “in or outside of (Governor Murphy’s) administration.

“I look forward to working together to end segregation, advance police accountability, and community-led first response,” Boyer said.

Platkin has also received backing from Rev. Dr. Steffie Bartley, Sr., the Northeast Regional Director of the National Action Network and the pastor at the New Hope Memorial Baptist Church in Elizabeth.

“The National Action Network under the leadership of Rev. Al Sharpton looks forward to working with Matt Platkin, who we have worked closely with in continuing the path of transformational change in law enforcement in New Jersey,” Bartley stated.  “From Juvenile Justice reform, use of excessive force, to body worn cameras, the Murphy administration has led the nation in criminal justice reform.”

Rev. John R. Taylor, the pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton and the chief chaplain of the New Jersey State Police, said that “Murphy’s choices for attorney general have set the tone in this state and nationally in addressing centuries old systemic issues in New Jersey related to criminal justice reform.”

“Matt was also a strong voice and key figure in the engine room of systemic change,” said Taylor, the president of the Trenton Capital City Community Coalition.  “I know Matt will continue this legacy in this new role and even do more.”

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