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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian P. Stack. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Stack lauds Murphy pick of Platkin for attorney general

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says Platin has ‘a great passion for the law’

By David Wildstein, February 03 2022 12:30 am

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian P. Stack applauded Gov. Murphy’s decision to name Matt Platkin, his former chief counsel, as the New Jersey Attorney General.

“I think the governor has chosen someone who has a great passion for the law and is an extremely bright individual,” Stack said.

Stack’s committee would need to approve Platkin’s nomination before it could go to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

“He’s a highly qualified, excellent attorney and I look forward to interviewing him and working with the committee on his nomination,” stated Stack, who assumed the powerful chairmanship last month after Nicholas Scutari, the longest-serving Judiciary chairman in state history, became the new Senate President.

Murphy will nominate Platkin, a partner at Lowenstein Sandler, at 11 AM today.  He will become acting attorney general as he awaits confirmation.

Stack, who also serves as mayor of Union City, is a Murphy ally in the Senate and worked with Platkin on school funding and social justice issues.  His support of the governor led then-Senate President Steve Sweeney to remove him from the Budget and Appropriations and Judiciary committees.

Last summer, Stack said he’d “knock down a wall” for Murphy, who became the first Democratic governor to win a second term in 44 years.  As New Jersey’s GOTV King, he delivered 11,038 votes for Murphy in Union City, the top turnout municipality in Hudson County.

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