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Rev. Steffie Bartley, the northeast regional director of the National Action Network. (Photo: Rev. Steffie Bartley).

Social justice leaders applaud Platkin

By David Wildstein, February 03 2022 3:54 pm

The New Jersey chapter of a social justice organization founded by Rev. Al Sharpton has endorsed Matt Platkin for attorney general, along with several other civil rights leader.

The National Action Network said that while serving as chief counsel to Gov. Phil Murphy, Platkin “participated in drafting, amending, and assisting with the passage of numerous bills which impacted communities of color and criminal justice policy in particular.”

“As the northeast regional director of the National Action Network, it is our responsibility to have a fair and balanced judiciary, and criminal justice system, which compassionately provides for diversions from the criminal courts and prison,” said Rev. Steffie Bartley, who announced his personal support of Platkin earlier today.  “I look forward to working with Attorney General-designate Matt Platkin to increase diversion opportunities to encourage addiction treatment and sobriety, workforce development training, and innovative partnerships which enable court-involved men and women to realize their potential.”

Another social justice advocate, Rev. Bolivar Flores, also had strong praise for Platkin.

I applaud the decision of Gov Murphy to nominate (Matt Platkin) as attorney General,” Flores said.  “His professionalism, coupled with his love for people and compassion, makes him an excellent choice and a reason to celebrate.”

Steven Goldstein, the founder of Garden State Equality, called Platkin an “outstanding pick.”

“He will be A+ fantastic and will stand up for progressive values,” he said.

Goldstein also praised acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck, the state’s first openly gay attorney general.  He said Bruck did a “phenomenal in the job, is an LGBTQ hero for me and so many others — we are blessed with his public service.”

In a statement, the Interfaith Action Movement, a coalition of more than 50 faith and community leaders, said it looked forward to working closely “with a trusted voice, Matt Platkin.”

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