Elected AG In NJ Would Politicize Office, Attys Say

Law360, New York (March 20, 2014, 8:54 PM EDT) -- With the New Jersey attorney general reportedly on the sidelines as federal prosecutors investigate Bridgegate, some legislators want to change the state's chief law enforcement officer to an elected position, but lawyers who spoke with Law360 fear that would taint the office with politics while making it no more independent.

New Jersey's governor nominates the attorney general with the advice and consent of the state Senate, but a proposed constitutional amendment from state Sen. Peter Barnes, D-Middlesex, would make it an elected, four-year term. Neither the...
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