Murphy Taps Matt Platkin for State Attorney General

State Senate President Steve Sweeney called for the governor’s chief counsel Matt Platkin to resign over the mishandling of sexual assault charges brought by Katie Brennan against Al Alvarez, another state worker, according to a Press of Atlantic City story.

Governor Phil Murphy this morning announced his selection of former chief Counsel Matt Platkin to serve as state Attorney General.

Murphy praised his outgoing acting AG, Andrew Bruck, who last year replaced retired AG Gurbir Grewal.

“He was the consummate professional,” Murphy said or Bruck, on the heels of his last phone conversation with him.

Platkin joined the governor and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver onstage at the War Memorial in Trenton for the announcement.

Platkin served as Chief Counsel to the Governor from January 2018 to October 2020. His nomination will now go to the Senate for confirmation. Platkin will assume the role of Acting Attorney General on Monday, February 14, 2022.

Platkin in his appearance today.
Platkin in his appearance today.

 

“It is my honor and pleasure to nominate Matt Platkin to serve as the 62nd Attorney General of the State of New Jersey,” said Murphy. “As I look toward the upcoming four years and the challenges that lay ahead, I know that as Attorney General, Matt will stand up for our New Jersey values and keep the office, and our state, moving forward. Matt will continue the strong record of the Attorney

General’s Office’s during my first term and I look forward to working with him in this new role.”

“I am honored and humbled to serve as New Jersey’s next Attorney General,” said Platkin. “I commit to work tirelessly, alongside the 7,700 outstanding public servants who make up the Department of Law and Public Safety, to protect and defend the rights of all nine million people who call our state home. I thank Governor Murphy for the trust and confidence he has placed in me, and I am excited to get to work.”

Platkin was born and raised in New Jersey, growing up in both Florham Park and Morristown, and graduated from Madison High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, and his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. Platkin began his policy career at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., advising members of Congress on job growth and economic recovery following the 2008 financial crisis. Following graduation from law school, Platkin practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City. From May 2016 to November 2017, Platkin served as Policy Director for Murphy for Governor.

In January 2018, Platkin was named Chief Counsel to the Governor. As Chief Counsel, Platkin oversaw an office of over 20 attorneys that advised the Governor on all legal matters, including legislation, executive orders, and administrative regulations. Platkin also was responsible for coordinating with the Attorney General’s Office on civil matters, including affirmative litigations, and oversaw judicial and prosecutorial nominations.

As Chief Counsel, Platkin spearheaded a number of policy initiatives, including gun safety and the expansion of voting rights, and played a critical role in the negotiations of three approximately $40 billion annual state budgets. Additionally, Platkin played a critical role in guiding New Jersey through the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, overseeing the drafting of pandemic-related executive orders and workforce policy reforms for state government employees to maintain government services. He also contributed to the State’s successful defense of pandemic-related actions in dozens of litigations in state and federal court.

Platkin served as Special Counsel to U.S. Senator Cory Booker during the first impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump. He is currently a partner at Lowenstein Sandler in the White Collar Criminal Defense and Business Litigation practice groups. He is admitted to the bar in New Jersey and New York.

Platkin resides in Montclair with his wife Sophia and their son, Robert.

Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement praising the appointment of Matt Platkin to serve as New Jersey Attorney General:
“I applaud Governor Murphy’s naming of Matt Platkin to serve as New Jersey Attorney General. As the chairman of the Budget Committee, I had the opportunity to work productively with Matt when he was chief counsel to the Governor. He is a smart and skilled attorney who is committed to achieving the best public policies for the State of New Jersey. I am 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.”
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