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Philip R. Sellinger. (Photo: Facebook).

Sellinger will assume U.S. Attorney post on Thursday

By David Wildstein, December 10 2021 3:09 pm

Philip Sellinger will be sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey on December 16.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Sellinger on a voice vote on Tuesday, just 41 days after President Joe Biden nominated him to the post at the recommendation of the state’s two U.S. Senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.  Sellinger said through the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

The new federal prosecutor has not yet announced any staffing decisions.

Rachael Honig, who has served as acting U.S. Attorney since the resignation of Craig Carpenito on January 5, has not yet announced her plans.  She’s a career federal prosecutor, working there from 2003 to 2016 and then returning in 2018 after a two-year stint at Celgene.

The 67-year-old Sellinger is the co-managing shareholder of the New Jersey office of Greenberg Traurig, a national law firm.  He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1981 to 1984.

He is expected to resign his post as a Democratic state committeeman from Morris County before Thursday.

Sellinger was Menendez’s pick, with the support of Booker.

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