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National gun safety advocate Fred Guttenberg at a New Jersey event organized by Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Office of the Governor).

Gun safety advocates praise Murphy attorney general pick

By David Wildstein, February 04 2022 12:27 am

Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Matt Platkin as his Attorney General has received plaudits from state and national gun safety advocates.

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, said that Platkin “will be a fighter to reduce gun violence.”

“This is another great decision by the Governor and New Jersey will be well served by Matt,” said Guttenberg, the founder of Orange Ribbons for Jaime, a national advocacy group.

Giffords, the group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, a victim of a shooting in Arizona, called Platkin’s nomination “a huge win for the State of New Jersey and gun violence protection.”

“We look forward to continuing our work with Attorney General (Matt Platkin) to uphold the state’s strong gun safety laws and keep New Jerseyans safe from gun violence,” the group said.

Kevin Quinn, the chairman of the Brady Campaign, said that he was proud and thrilled that Governor Murphy has nominated Matt Platkin to serve as his Attorney General to build on his administration’s important work preventing gun violence and keeping New Jersey safe in his first term.”

“Platkin is well-versed and steadfast in his commitment to prevent gun violence, including working with neighboring states to address the flow of illegal firearms into our state,” he said.  “He will be ready to get to work on day one and will be an effective champion in the fight to end gun violence in New Jersey.”

Murphy’s former senior advisor on firearms, Bill Castner, called Platkin “a brilliant, ethical and bold attorney.”

“He loves this state, is a natural leader & has been on a mission to effectuate change, including helping (Governor Murphy) lead the nation on gun safety,” said Castner, a former chief counsel to Gov. Jon Corzine.  “Jersey loves a fighter and will love Matt Platkin as AG.”

Theresa Turner of the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action called Platkin “a fierce advocate for gun violence prevention during his time as chief counsel.”

“We are thrilled that Governor Murphy has chosen him to continue serving his state and championing the safety of New Jerseyans,” she said.  “As gun violence continues to devastate our communities, having experienced leaders at the helm of our statewide efforts is more important than ever.”

Turner also paid tribute to acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck “for his dedication to gun safety.”

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