John Farmer, Jr., who was the Governor of New Jersey for a little more than an hour on January 8, 2002, is expected to be named Dean of the Rutgers University Law School today. Farmer served as Chief Counsel to Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, and then as state Attorney General under Whitman and Donald DiFrancesco. He was Governor for the hour between the end of DiFrancesco’s term as a State Senator (which ended his tenure as Acting Governor) and the reorganization of the Senate. Co-Senate Presidents John Bennett and Richard Codey each served 3 ½ day as Governor until James E. McGreevey was sworn in one week later.
Farmer, the son of Star-Ledger editorial page editor John Farmer, Sr., will assume the $290,000-a-year job as Professor Stuart Deutsch returns to his full-time faculty post after serving as Dean. After leaving office as Attorney General, Farmer served as Co-Counsel to the 9/11 Commission chaired by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, and is now a partner at Arseneault, Whipple, Farmer, Fassett & Azzarello, a politically active North Jersey law firm headed by Jack Arseneault.