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State Senator Nia Gill. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Codey, Gill won’t say how they feel about Platkin nomination

By Joey Fox, February 03 2022 1:49 pm

In order for Matt Platkin to become New Jersey’s next attorney general, a position to which Gov. Phil Murphy nominated him this morning, he’ll need to get sign off from Essex County’s four state senators: State Sen. and former Gov. Richard Codey (D-Roseland), State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair), Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), and State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark).

But at least two of those four senators with senatorial courtesy aren’t saying how they plan to proceed. Gill and Codey, both asked directly for comment today on Platkin’s nomination, each refused to answer.

Codey said that he would share his thoughts at a later date, while Gill, who is from Platkin’s hometown of Montclair, pretended as though she had not heard the question.

If any of the four Essex County Democrats ultimately decline to give Platkin courtesy – which, despite Codey’s and Gill’s noncommittal responses today, is not especially likely – Platkin’s confirmation as attorney general could be delayed.

One of the finalists for the attorney general job, Assemblyman John McKeon (D-West Orange), is a staunch Codey ally and his running mate for the last 20 years.

So far, Platkin’s nomination has drawn largely positive feedback from legislators and groups across the state.  Senate Judiciary Chair Brian Stack (D-Union City), who will also play a critical role in the confirmation process, called Platkin a “highly qualified, excellent attorney,” while at least two Republicans, State Sens. Bob Singer (R-Lakewood) and Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), have said they’ll likely support him.

When Murphy first took office in 2018, Platkin served as his chief counsel, a role he held until he became a partner at Lowenstein Sandler in 2020.

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