Christie Taps Scotch Plains Lawyer To Be State’s Public Defender

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie nominated a Scotch Plains lawyer to be the state’s Public Defender.

On Thursday, Feb. 17, Christie selected Assistant Public Defender Joseph Krakora and submitted the nomination for the advice and consent of the state Senate.


Krakora is widely acknowledged as the agency’s premier capital litigator and has led the defense in capital murder cases throughout the state since he was named to his current post in January 2003.

Krakora serves as director of Capital and Special Litigation and also oversees the Office of Dispute Settlement and several trial regions.

Krakora previously was a trial attorney assigned to the Essex County Region, and specialized in capital murder cases there and in other regions.

He first joined the state Public Defender’s office in 1986 and rose to the first assistant deputy position in Essex County.

After practicing in the private sector from 1997-2000, Krakora, a graduate of Princeton University and Cornell University Law School, returned to the public defense agency.

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