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:||January 3, 2012|
|Other New Jersey Executive Offices|
|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 fourth in the line of succession after the speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and president of the New Jersey Senate. When the first lieutenant governor of New Jersey takes office, it will become fifth in line. The attorney general will also be ineligible to replace a vacated lieutenant governor. The attorney general may be removed "for cause" by the governor or by way of legislative impeachment.
The current acting attorney general is Jeff Chiesa, chief counsel of Gov. Chris Christie. Chiesa was appointed in January 2011 to replace Paula Dow, who vacated the position in favor of a temporary post at the office of general counsel of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
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...
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 senate, appoints a new officeholder. If the vacancy occurs while the Legislature is in recess, the governor makes an ad interim appointment, which expires at the end of the next regular session of the 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 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, 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
The budget for the Office of the Attorney General in Fiscal Year 2013 was $12,446,000.
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