A former state attorney general who also served on the state Supreme Court will join the Christie administration’s continuing battle over the way it funds education.
The Attorney General’s Office announced today the retention of Peter G. Verniero as special counsel to assist in defending the state against a legal challenge over the adequacy of its education funding for fiscal year 2011.
Verniero is a partner at Sills Cummis & Gross, where he chairs the Appellate Practice Group, as well as the firm’s Corporate Internal Investigations Practice Group. Verniero served on the New Jersey Supreme Court for five years before joining the Newark-based law firm. He also served as New Jersey’s Attorney General between 1996 and 1999.
“I have full confidence in the legal team that we have assembled to prepare and present the State’s position to the Supreme Court,” Attorney General Paula T. Dow said in a release.
Last week a Special Master ruled that the administration’s formula for funding schools was inadequate and the appellate court ordered briefs commenting on the Special Master’s report from both parties by April 7, and reply briefs are due on April 14.