U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman Resigns; Names in the Replacement Game

U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman has resigned at at the behest of President Donald Trump.  Fishman, a Montclair resident, took over the New Jersey District office one year after Chris Christie, who led the federal prosecutor’s office from 2002 until his own resignation to run for Governor in 2009.  An appointee of the Obama administration, Fishman’s resignation took effect at midnight.

He released the following statement:

“This afternoon, the President requested my resignation, along with the remaining presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys across the country, effective at midnight tonight.  It has been the greatest professional experience that I can possibly imagine to have served in this office for the past seven-and-a-half years. Having spent so much of my career working to protect the interests of the people of New Jersey, I can think of no greater form of public service.

I am enormously grateful for the opportunity I was given to lead the men and women who work in this office. They are the most extraordinary group of public servants I have ever known, and I am more than honored to have been their colleague.”

A GOP source mentioned these possible replacements:

Trump Transition Team member and a favorite for the job.

Attorney General Chris Porrino

Geoff Berman, Greenberg Taurig

Former AG Jeff Chiesa

Warren County GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt

Former Chief Counsel Tom Scrivo

Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick



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