Acting AG Hoffman Departing Christie Administration for Rutgers Gig

NJ-AAG-John-HoffmanActing Attorney General John J. Hoffman is leaving the Christie Administration for a job as senior vice president and general counsel at Rutgers University.

Hoffman served in his position since 2013, when he replaced then-Attorney General Jeff Chiesa, whom Gov. Chris Christie tapped to serve as U.S. Senator following the death of Frank Lautenberg.

“I am deeply impressed by John’s intelligence and legal acumen, the wide range of statutory and regulatory issues he has handled, and his record of excellence in state and federal service,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “I am eager to bring his leadership and expertise to Rutgers.”

Hoffman’s appointment at Rutgers is effective March 14, the president added.

“After nearly 20 years of state and federal government service, I am thrilled to be joining this iconic institution that has for centuries trained our leaders of tomorrow. I strongly believe in Rutgers’ ever-expanding mission, as well as the dynamic leadership role that it plays within the state, and I look forward to joining President Barchi and his exceptional team,” Hoffman said.

Prior to becoming acting AG, Hoffman served for six years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.

His tenure as AG includes the indictment of West New York Mayor Felix Roque, and numerous alleged manipulators of federal Hurricane Sandy funds.

Last week, Hoffman’s office announced the indictment of Bloomfield Councilman Elias Chalet, and this week his office indicted on theft charges a landfill operator who had contracted with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Most controversially during his tenure, Hoffman oversaw a state settlement with ExxonMobil that critics like state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) and the Sierra Club decried as too lenient on the energy goliath.

A former chief of staff to the attorney general, first Assistant Attorney General Robert Lougy is expected to replace Hoffman.

Acting AG Hoffman Departing Christie Administration for Rutgers Gig