Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who battled with Gov. Phil Murphy during the first part of his administration, today extolled the qualifications of Murphy’s top legal advisor, Matt Platkin, to serve as the next Attorney General of New Jersey.
“I had the opportunity to work closely with Matt in his role as the Governor’s chief counsel,” said Coughlin. “He is a smart, talented, and dedicated attorney – all qualities that will provide for strong leadership of the Attorney General’s Office.”
Coughlin and Platkin negotiated the terms of legislation that passed the Assembly on issues like raising the minimum wage and other social justice issues.
“A good partner, I will look forward to working with Matt to move New Jersey forward and commend Governor Murphy for his nomination,” Coughlin said.
While Coughlin has no role in the Senate confirmation process, his support could be crucial for Platkin as he seeks support for his nomination. Coughlin comes from Middlesex County, where the coalition of Democratic state senators is at seven – one-third of the number he needs to be confirmed – and this signals support for Platkin in Middlesex.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian P. Stack (D-Union City) and State Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), a Republican member of the Judiciary panel, have also praised Platkin’s nomination for attorney general.