Attorney General of New Jersey

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New Jersey Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $12,446,000
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  New Jersey Constitution, Article V, Section IV
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  John Hoffman
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  June 10, 2013
Compensation:  $141,000
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The Attorney General of New Jersey is a member of the executive cabinet of the state and is the state’s chief law enforcement officer and legal advisor. The office is appointed by the Governor of New Jersey and is term limited. Under the provisions of the New Jersey State Constitution, the attorney general serves a four-year term concurrent to the governor.

The attorney general is fourth in the line of succession after the lieutenant governor, speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and president of the New Jersey Senate. The attorney general may be removed "for cause" by the governor or by way of legislative impeachment.[1]

The attorney general serves as head of the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, which is organized into 10 divisions charged with overseeing the state's criminal justice system, consumer protection, regulating certain statewide industries, among other responsibilities. According to the office of the attorney general's mission statement, despite these varied duties, "the Department is singularly united in protecting the safety and security of all those who live, work, and visit New Jersey."[2]


Current officeholder

The current acting attorney general is Republican John Hoffman. He was tapped for the office by Gov. Chris Christie in June 2013, after former Attorney General Jeff Chiesa resigned to become a U.S. Senator.[3]

Hoffman will serve as interim attorney general until Christie nominates a permanent replacement or asks the New Jersey State Senate to confirm Hoffman for the position.[4]

Authority

New Jersey is one of seven states in which the voters do not elect the attorney general. The New Jersey Constitution addresses the office of attorney general in Article V, the Executive.

Under Article V, Section IV (3):

The Secretary of State and the Attorney General shall be nominated and appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate to serve during the term of office of the Governor...

ACR 134, a bi-partisan bill introduced on March 20, 2014, would change the current process and allow for an elected state attorney general. SCR 71 is a similiar bill currently pending in the New Jersey Senate.[5]

Qualifications

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Appointments

New Jersey state government organizational chart

Per Article V, Section IV (3) of the New Jersey Constitution, the attorney general is appointed by the governor with the consent of the state senate to serve during the term of the governor.

Vacancies

Per Article V, Section I (13) of the New Jersey Constitution, in the event of a vacancy in the office of attorney general, the governor with the consent of the New Jersey Senate, appoints a new officeholder. If the vacancy occurs while the state legislature is in recess, the governor makes an ad interim appointment, which expires at the end of the next regular session of the state senate.

Duties

"The mission of the Department of Law and Public Safety is to protect the safety, security, and quality of life of the people of New Jersey through an integrated and coordinated structure of law enforcement and regulatory agencies. The Department represents the public’s rights and interests in all legal matters. With ten divisions, as well as independent commissions and boards, the Department has wide-ranging responsibilities critical to the people of New Jersey. The Attorney General, as head of the department, serves as the state’s chief law enforcement officer and legal advisor, and is responsible for the management and administration of the department of law and public safety. The Attorney General oversees the criminal justice system, protects the safety of the public and defends the state against lawsuits. The Department regulates the casino, boxing, alcoholic beverage and racing industries. The Department also protects consumers against fraud. While these responsibilities are varied, the Department is singularly united in protecting the safety and security of all those who live, work in and visit New Jersey."[6]

—Office of the Attorney General[2]

Divisions

The office of the attorney general is composed of the following divisions:[2]

  • Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Division of Consumer Affairs
  • Division of Criminal Justice
  • Division on Civil Rights
  • Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Division of Highway Traffic Safety
  • Division of Law
  • Juvenile Justice Commission
  • NJ Racing Commission
  • State Athletic Control Board
  • Division of NJ State Police
  • Victims of Crime Compensation Office

State budget

See also: New Jersey state budget and finances

The budget for the Office of the Attorney General in Fiscal Year 2013 was $12,446,000.[7]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of state executive officials are determined by the New Jersey State Legislature. State executive officers, along with judicial and legislative officials, have not received salary increases since 2002. A seven-member salary commission determined annual pay for state officials from its creation in 1999 until legislators eliminated the commission in 2014. All cabinet officials under the governor's office receive annual salaries of $141,000 as legislators have not approved pay increases since the commission's elimination.[8][9][10]

2014

In 2014, the attorney general received a salary of $141,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[11]

2013

In 2013, the attorney general received a salary of $141,000.[12]

2010

In 2010, the attorney general received a salary of $141,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[13]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Mailing Address:
Office of The Attorney General
P.O. Box 080
Trenton, NJ 08625-0080

Street Address:
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
8th Floor, West Wing
25 Market Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0080

Phone: 609-292-4925
Fax: 609-292-3508

See also

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