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Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul A. Sarlo. (Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Sarlo, Johnson supportive of Platkin nomination

Sarlo says Murphy nominee ‘will renew the state’s support of law enforcement’

By David Wildstein, February 03 2022 11:52 am

A key Democratic state senator, Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) today praised the nomination of Matt Platkin as Attorney General by Gov. Phil Murphy.

“As the chairman of the Budget Committee, I had the opportunity to work productively with Matt when he was chief counsel to the Governor,” said Sarlo.  “He is a smart and skilled attorney who is committed to achieving the best public policies for the State of New Jersey.”

The Bergen County Democrat said that he was “confident that Matt will renew the state’s support of law enforcement in New Jersey, from our local patrol officers to the highest ranking officer in state government.”

Sarlo also serves as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that plays a pivotal role in the confirmation process.  The committee chairman, Brian P. Stack (D-Union) City, and a Republican senator on the panel, Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), also applauded Murphy’s decision to name Platkin.

Platkin also received support from freshman State Sen. Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood).
Johnson, a former police officer and acting Bergen County Sheriff, also promoted Platkin’s support of law enforcement.

“I look forward to working with Matt to increase diversity in our police departments, fight discrimination in our workplaces, curb the rise in hate crimes across the state and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” he said.

Johnson had been Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore before moving to the upper house last month after 20 years as an assemblyman, said he knows Platkin well.

“Matt Platkin worked closely with the Legislature during his time as Chief Counsel and I am confident he will continue be a valuable and reliable partner from the Attorney General’s Office,” he said.

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