TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie has named John J. Hoffman as the state’s acting attorney general. Hoffman replaces Jeffrey Chiesa, who resigned to serve in the U.S. Senate as the late Frank Lautenberg’s temporary replacement until a special election is held this fall.
Hoffman, who had been the executive assistant attorney general, worked in the state Comptroller’s Office as director of its Division of Investigations before coming to the attorney general’s office.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to be chosen by Gov. Christie to serve as Acting Attorney General,” Hoffman said. “I want to thank the Governor for this opportunity, and for his confidence and faith in me. I look forward to continuing with the many excellent anti-crime, consumer protection and other initiatives our department launched under the outstanding leadership of former Attorney General Chiesa, and to identifying and meeting the public safety and litigation challenges of tomorrow. Working together with a strong and experienced leadership team, it will be my privilege to vigorously pursue all aspects of the Department of Law and Public Safety mission, and to uphold the commitment to excellence that has been our hallmark.”
Prior to 2010, Hoffman served for six years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. In his role as a federal prosecutor, Hoffman focused primarily on economic and white collar criminal prosecutions. From 1996 through 2004, he served as Trial Attorney for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He also worked in private practice for the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Washington, D.C.
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