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Gov. Phil Murphy's chief counsel Matt Platkin.

Platkin resumes post as Murphy chief counsel

Returns to Trenton after 20-day assignment on Booker impeachment team

By David Wildstein, February 04 2020 6:00 am

Matt Platkin will return to his post as chief counsel to Gov. Phil Murphy this morning after spending 20 days in Washington advising Cory Booker on impeachment issues.

Platkin resigned on January 14, following Murphy’s state of the state address, to join Booker’s staff on a short-term basis during the Senate trial of President Donald Trump.

The Senate’s impeachment trial is expected to end tomorrow, but was effectively over last Friday when a bid to call witnesses failed.

Murphy has hired Platkin back, effective today.

During his absence, Robert Garrenger, a career state employee, served as acting chief counsel.

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