United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey

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The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey is the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey. Paul J. Fishman was sworn into office as U.S. Attorney on October 14, 2009 after having been nominated by President Barack Obama.[1] He succeeded Ralph J. Marra, who served as Acting U.S. Attorney after the resignation of Chris Christie in December 2008 to run for Governor of New Jersey.[2][3] The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has jurisdiction over all cases prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney.


The Office is organized into divisions handling civil, criminal, and appellate matters, in addition to the Special Prosecutions Division, which oversees political corruption investigations.[4] The District of New Jersey is also divided into three vicinages: Newark, Trenton and Camden, with the southern two offices supervised by a Deputy U.S. Attorney. The office employs approximately 135 Assistant U.S. Attorneys.[5] It is the fifth-largest U.S. Attorney's Office in the nation, behind those in the District of Columbia, Los Angeles, Manhattan, and Miami.[6]

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Office holders[edit]

Frederick Frelinghuysen.
Frederick Frelinghuysen, former U.S. Attorney and former U.S. Senator
Sam Alito.
Samuel Alito, former U.S. Attorney and current Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court.
Michael Chertoff.
Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Attorney and former Secretary of Homeland Security.


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