If Michael Chertoff becomes George W. Bush’s choice for U.S. Attorney General, he would become the first New Jerseyan to serve as Attorney General since John W. Griggs held the post under William McKinley.
Griggs served in the State Assembly in 1876 and 1877, and in the State Senate from 1883 to 1888. He was Senate President in 1887. He was elected Governor in 1895, and resigned in 1898 to join McKinley’s cabinet.
Griggs is the only New Jerseyan to serve as U.S. Attorney General.