NJ Politics Digest: Former NJ Supreme Court Justices Join Murphy Transition

Phil Murphy. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

Governor-elect Phil Murphy chose two former state Supreme Court justices on Wednesday to serve as ethics counsel to his transition team.

Chief Justice James R. Zazzali and Associate Justice Gary Stein will be in charge of ensuring transparency and compliance with New Jersey’s ethics laws. Murphy also appointed Rajiv Parikh, a partner at the law firm Genova Burns, to be the transition’s senior counsel. Parikh is general counsel for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

Zazzali was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2000 by former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman. He retired in 2007 after serving as chief justice for a year. He is currently of counsel to the Gibbons and Zazzali Fagella law firms. Stein was appointed to the court by former Gov. Thomas Kean in 1985 and served until 2002. He is currently special counsel to the firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden.

Murphy will deliver the keynote speech Thursday at the New Jersey League of Municipalities conference in Atlantic City.

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NJ Politics Digest: Former NJ Supreme Court Justices Join Murphy Transition