John Jay Hoffman

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John Hoffman
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Attorney General of New Jersey
In office
June 10, 2013 – March 14, 2016
Governor Chris Christie
Preceded by Jeffrey Chiesa
Succeeded by Robert Lougy (acting)
Personal details
Born (1965-08-23) August 23, 1965 (age 52)
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Jude Cox
Alma mater Colgate University (BA)
Duke University (JD)

John Hoffman was Acting Attorney General of the State of New Jersey.[1][2] He served from 2013 to 2016, longer than any other acting attorney general in the state's history.[3]


Hoffman was born August 23, 1965, to Judith and John A. Hoffman. Hoffman married Mary Jude Cox December 6, 2003. Their fathers, Stuart T. Cox and John A. Hoffman, worked together as partners of the law firm Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer in Woodbridge, NJ.[4]

Tenure as Acting Attorney General[edit]

He ascended to the position when Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa resigned on June 6, 2013, after Governor Chris Christie announced that he would appoint Chiesa to succeed recently deceased United States Senator Frank Lautenberg.[5] He is an Independent and attended Colgate University before earning his law degree at Duke University.

Hoffman resigned as acting attorney general in March 2016 and became the general counsel of Rutgers University.[6]


  1. ^ "Biography John Jay Hoffman Acting Attorney General". State of New Jersey. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Press, Associated. "Christie names John Hoffman as acting attorney general". Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bridge scandal, Christie's 2016 ambitions leave job of N.J. attorney general in limbo". Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ The New York Times, "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Mary Jude Cox, John Hoffman", December 7, 2003.
  5. ^ Santora, Marc; and Zernike, Kate. "Attorney General of New Jersey Named as Interim Senator", The New York Times, June 6, 2013. Accessed June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ S.P. Sullivan, John Hoffman stepping down as N.J. attorney general,, February 4, 2016
Legal offices
Preceded by
Jeff Chiesa
Attorney General of New Jersey

Succeeded by
Robert Lougy