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Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew Bruck. (Photo: Edwin Torres/Office of the Governor).

Bruck returns to U.S. Department of Justice in top post

Ex-acting N.J. Attorney General will be Associate Deputy U.S. Attorney General

By David Wildstein, July 18 2022 5:47 pm

After four years in Trenton, Andrew Bruck has rejoined the U.S. Department of Justice as the new chief of staff and Associate Deputy Attorney General in the office of Deputy U.S. Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco.

Bruck served as acting attorney general for eight months after the resignation of Gurbir Grewal and departed after Gov. Phil Murphy nominated Matt Platkin for the post earlier this year.  He had spent four years in the Murphy administration as executive assistant attorney general and first assistant attorney general before Murphy named him acting attorney general last July.

He became the first openly gay person to lead the state Department of Law and Public Safety and devoted considerable attention to reducing the number of illegal guns in New Jersey.

“I’m back at a place I love: the U.S. Department of Justice. After five great years in New Jersey, I’m excited to return to DOJ’s Office of the Deputy Attorney General,” said Bruck.  “Looking forward to this new chapter.”

The 39-year-old Bruck is a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Law School and served as a law clerk to New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner from 2008 to 2009.  He worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardell before completing a five-year stint at the U.S. Department of Justice.

He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, and was senior counsel, deputy chief of staff and acting chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

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