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State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Gopal praises Murphy pick of Platkin for attorney general

Monmouth senator says Platkin helped him pass legislation to help AAPI community

By David Wildstein, February 02 2022 9:22 pm

Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) praised Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to nominate Matt Platkin as New Jersey’s next attorney general on Wednesday.

“Matt Platkin is a talented attorney and public servant who exhibited professionalism throughout his time as chief counsel to the Governor,” Gopal said.  “We worked together, not just on advancing key progressive legislation, but also on the needs of the AAPI community, the fastest growing minority population in the State of New Jersey.”

Murphy will formally announce his pick of Platkin on Thursday.   The New Jersey Globe first reported his selection on Wednesday evening.

Platkin served as Murphy’s chief counsel from 2018 to 2020.  He will replace Andrew Bruck, who has served as acting attorney general since July 19, when Gurbir Grewal resigned to take a staff post at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bruck was a finalist to keep the post for another four years, along with Assemblyman John McKeon (D-West Orange) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamel Semper.

Once Murphy submits his name to the Senate, Platkin will need to get signoff from the four Essex County senators who have senatorial courtesy over his nomination: Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), former Gov. Richard J. Codey (D-Roseland), Nia Gill (D-Montclair) and Ronald Rice (D-Newark).

From there, Platkin must be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and confirmed by the full Senate.

“I look forward to his nomination process and commend the Governor on his selection,” Gopal said.

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