Irwin I. Kimmelman

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Irwin I. Kimmelman (September 10, 1930 - September 12, 2014, Newark, New Jersey) was a politician who served in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and served as the Attorney General of New Jersey from 1982 – 1986.


Kimmelman graduated from Weequahic High School and studied accounting at the Rutgers University School of Business Administration, graduating in 1952. He entered Harvard Law School, where he won the Roscoe Pound Prize for brief writing and oral argument, and graduated in 1955. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar the following year after a clerkship with Superior Court Judge Edward Gaulkin.

Kimmelman served in the New Jersey General Assembly for one term, from 1964 to 1966. He was an unsuccessful candidate for State Senator in 1965.

1965 Essex County State Senator general election results[edit]

Winner Party Votes Loser Party Votes
Nicholas Fernicola Democrat 145,589 C. Robert Sarcone Republican 128,815
Maclyn Goldman Democrat 143,794 Irwin Kimmelman Republican 116,205
John J. Giblin Democrat 143,040 James E. Churchman, Jr. Republican 112,995
Hutchins F. Inge Democrat 135,959 William F. Tompkins Republican 112,128
George C. Richardson Independent 10,409
Kendrick O. Stephenson Independent 5,970
David Blumgart Independent 5,305
Frederick Waring Independent 44,76

He was a New Jersey Superior Court judge from May 1971 through September 1976, when he resigned to return to private law practice. He represented Thomas Kean during the recount for the 1981 gubernatorial election. After Kean won the recount, he announced his choice of Kimmelman as Attorney General on December 14, 1981. A resident of the Short Hills section of Millburn Township, New Jersey, Kimmelman was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate and sworn in on January 19, 1982, the day of Kean’s inauguration.[1]

Kimmelman returned to private practice in 1986 and was replaced by W. Cary Edwards. He would later return to the bench as a State Superior Court judge.

Legal offices
Preceded by
James R. Zazzali
Attorney General of New Jersey
1982 – 1986
Succeeded by
W. Cary Edwards


  1. ^ Staff. "SKETCHES OF MAJOR APPOINTEES TO KEAN'S CABINET", The New York Times, February 3, 1982. Accessed September 10, 2015. "Attorney General Irwin I. Kimmelman of Short Hills has been in all three branches of government. The 51-year-old lawyer served in the State Assembly in 1964 and 1965 and as a Superior Court judge from 1971 to 1976, when he resigned to return to private practice."

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