Robert Del Tufo

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Robert Del Tufo
U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
In office
Preceded by Jonathan L. Goldstein
Succeeded by William W. Robertson (acting)
Attorney General of New Jersey
In office
Preceded by Peter N. Perretti, Jr.
Succeeded by Deborah Poritz
Personal details
Born (1933-11-18)November 18, 1933
Newark, New Jersey
Died March 2, 2016(2016-03-02) (aged 82)
Alma mater Princeton University
Yale University

Robert J. Del Tufo (November 18, 1933 – March 2, 2016) was the Attorney General of New Jersey from 1990 to 1993.


Del Tufo was born in 1933 in Newark, New Jersey to Raymond and Mary Del Tufo. His older brother, Raymond Del Tufo, Jr., later served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He graduated from the Newark Academy and received a B.A. degree in 1955 from Princeton University. He received his LLB degree from Yale Law School in 1958. From 1958 to 1960, he served as legal secretary to Chief Justice Joseph Weintraub of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1959 and practiced law in Morristown, New Jersey from 1960 to 1974, and in Newark, New Jersey from 1980 to 1986.

He served as an assistant prosecutor in Morris County from 1963 to 1965 and as first assistant prosecutor there from 1965 to 1967. Del Tufo held the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1977 until resigning in 1980. He sought the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey in 1985, losing in the primary to Essex County executive Peter Shapiro, who in turn lost to Thomas Kean in the general election.[1] He was sworn in as Attorney General on January 16, 1990, the day of Governor James Florio's inauguration, resigning in 1993 to join the New York City firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.[2]

On March 5, 1994, Del Tufo married Katherine Nouri Hughes, vice president of communications for the Milken Family Foundation.[3] She was previously married to Emmet John Hughes, a journalist and aide to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In February 2006, Governor Jon Corzine appointed Del Tufo Chairman the Board of Trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.[4]

He died on March 2, 2016 of lung cancer.[5][6] Del Tufo had been a resident of Morris Township, New Jersey.[7]


  1. ^ "The Bob Del Tufo - Marty Greenberg War"., December 27, 2006. Accessed April 26, 2008.
  2. ^ "Del Tufo Leaving Post In Trenton", The New York Times, April 29, 1993. Accessed April 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "Katherine Hughes, Robert J. Del Tufo", The New York Times, March 6, 1994. Accessed April 26, 2008.
  4. ^ "Corzine Names New UMDNJ Board Members". Office of the Governor of New Jersey, February 9, 2006. Accessed April 26, 2008.
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  7. ^ Staff. "Del Tufo Enters Race for Governor", The New York Times, February 21, 1985. Accessed September 4, 2014. "The 51-year-old lawyer, who lives in Morris Township, said that if elected, he would 'wage war' against organized crime.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Jonathan L. Goldstein
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
1977 – 1980
Succeeded by
William W. Robertson
Preceded by
Peter N. Perretti, Jr.
Attorney General of New Jersey
1990 – 1993
Succeeded by
Deborah Poritz