Anne Milgram

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Anne Milgram
57th New Jersey Attorney General
In office
June 29, 2007 – January 18, 2010
Preceded by Stuart Rabner
Succeeded by Paula Dow
Personal details
Born 1970/1971 (age 44–45)[1]
East Brunswick Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Rutgers College (1992)

Anne Milgram (born 1970 or 1971)[1] was the Attorney General of New Jersey from June 2007 to January 2010.

Milgram had served as First Assistant Attorney General, the second-highest position in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, having taken office on February 14, 2006. She served as Acting Attorney General in September 2006 while there was a vacancy after the previous Attorney General stepped down from office and before the Governor's nominee was confirmed and sworn into office.


Milgram grew up in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey.[2]

Milgram, member of the Cap and Skull Senior Honor Society, graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers College in 1992 with a degree in English and Political Science. She received a master of philosophy in social and political theory in 1993 from the University of Cambridge and received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1996.[3]

She clerked for United States District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton, from 1996 to 1997.[3]

In 1997, Milgram began her career as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's as a member of the Domestic Violence Unit. Milgram later worked in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, where she served as Special Litigation Counsel. Milgram helped to lead the division's human trafficking prosecutions. Milgram was counsel to Corzine during his final year in the United States Senate.[3]

Acting Attorney General of New Jersey[edit]

Milgram became Acting Attorney General on September 1, 2006, following the resignation of former Attorney General Zulima Farber.[4] On September 25, 2006, Stuart Rabner, New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine's choice to fill the vacancy, was confirmed by a 35–0 margin by the New Jersey Senate.[5]

Rabner, then the Governor's Chief Counsel, was nominated by Governor Corzine on August 24, 2006 to replace Farber as Attorney General.[6] Milgram served as Acting Attorney General on an interim basis until Rabner was confirmed and sworn into office.

Attorney General of New Jersey[edit]

On June 4, 2007, Governor Corzine nominated Stuart Rabner to serve as Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and nominated Milgram to succeed Rabner as Attorney General.[2] At the conclusion of confirmation hearings, the Senate voted on June 21, 2007 to confirm Rabner as Chief Justice. Milgram was confirmed by a 38-0 Senate vote to succeed Rabner as Attorney General.[7]

On July 1, 2013, the New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram and the Arnold foundation launched a data driven risk management electronic system to assist employees of the Criminal Justice department in their decision making.[8]

Intergovernmental cooperation[edit]

In August 2007, Milgram joined Governor Corzine in announcing a partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) that allows the state to trace the sources of illegal firearms through real-time electronic access to BATF’s E-Trace system, a nationwide data base that lists a firearm’s first purchaser, date of purchase, and the retailer from which the gun was purchased. The Attorney General directed all police departments in New Jersey to forward all gun tracing information to E-trace to build a New Jersey data base.

Also in August 2007, Milgram instructed law enforcement officers to contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement to check on immigrant status if they have reason to believe a person arrested for an indictable crime or drunk driving is an undocumented immigrant. The directive was issued after a triple-homicide in Newark in which one of those charged was an undocumented immigrant who had been previously arrested. The Attorney General’s directive declares that the status of immigrants is necessary information for prosecutors and judges seeking and setting bail. The directive specifically says, however, that such information should not be sought from any victim or a witness to a crime.

The number of illegal immigrants referred to federal authorities increased in the months after. From September 2007 to February 2008, New Jersey law enforcement entities reported 8,874 illegal immigrants to the ICE center in Vermont. This contrasted with the 4,589 period for the same months a year earlier.[9]

On November 9, 2009, New Jersey Governor-Elect Chris Christie announced that Milgram did not wish to continue in her position as Attorney General in his administration.[1] On December 15, 2009, Governor-elect Christie announced that Milgram will be succeeded by Essex County Prosecutor, Paula Dow.

Subsequent career[edit]

As of January 2015, Milgram was vice president of criminal justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation,[10] as well as a senior fellow at the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at New York University.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "N.J. Attorney General Anne Milgram will not remain for Christie administration". The Star-Ledger. November 9, 2009. After Corzine became governor, she ... ascended to the top post in June 2007. Milgram was 36 when she took the job, making her the second-youngest attorney general in state history. 
  2. ^ a b "Corzine Nominates New Chief Justice and Attorney General" (Press release). Governor of New Jersey. June 4, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-06-11. Retrieved June 22, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c Official bio, New Jersey Attorney General. Accessed September 23, 2008.
  4. ^ "Farber resigns as attorney general: Independent report cites ethics violations in boyfriend's traffic stop", North Bergen Reporter, August 20, 2006.
  5. ^ "Rabner confirmed as attorney general", The Courier-Post, September 26, 2006.
  6. ^ "Corzine names Rabner attorney general", The Courier-Post, August 24, 2006.
  7. ^ Jones, Richard G. "After One Objection, Senate Confirms Corzine’s Choice for Chief Justice", The New York Times, June 22, 2007. Accessed June 22, 2007. "The Senate voted 36 to 1 to confirm Stuart Rabner, who has been attorney general since September 2006 and was Mr. Corzine’s chief counsel before that. It also confirmed Anne Milgram, Mr. Rabner’s first assistant, to succeed Mr. Rabner as attorney general."
  8. ^ Milgram, Anne (October 2013), Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime 
  9. ^ Fahim, Kareem "Immigration Referrals by Police Draw Scrutiny", The New York Times, March 23, 2008. Accessed September 23, 2008.
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Preceded by
Zulima Farber
Attorney General of New Jersey (acting)
September 2006
Succeeded by
Stuart Rabner
Preceded by
Stuart Rabner
Attorney General of New Jersey
June 29, 2007 – January 18, 2010
Succeeded by
Paula Dow