Attorney General of New Jersey
|New Jersey Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$12,446,000|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||New Jersey Constitution, Article V, Section IV|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Assumed office:||June 10, 2013|
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|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Comptroller• Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Commissioner • Commissioner of Environmental Protection • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Board|
The attorney general is fifth in the line of succession after the 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.
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.
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.
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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.
The attorney general 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 of law and public safety 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.
The office of the attorney general is composed of the following divisions:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
In 2013, the attorney general's salary remained at $141,000.
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Office of The Attorney General
P.O. Box 080
Trenton, NJ 08625-0080
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
8th Floor, West Wing
25 Market Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0080
- Trentonian, "John Hoffman appointed acting NJ attorney general," June 10, 2013
- NorthJersey.com, "Christie names John Hoffman acting attorney general," June 10, 2013
- Ballot Access News, Bipartisan Bill in New Jersey Assembly for an Elected Attorney General, March 23, 2014
- Office of the Attorney General, About OAG
- New Jersey Department of the Treasury, "FY 2012 - 2013 Appropriations Handbook," accessed April 22, 2013
- NJ.com, "N.J. Republican leaders block pay raises for top state officials," September 28, 2011
- New Jersey State Legislature, "Joint Resolution No. 1," March 5, 1999
- LegiScan, "Assembly, No. 3067," February 7, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 31, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed June 22, 2011