Former U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Robert Del Tufo died this weekend in his Princeton home at the age of 82.
His New York Times obituary can be found here.
United States Attorney for New Jersey from 1977 to 1980, and later attorney general for Gov. Jim Florio, Mr. Del Tufo successfully led a number of high-profile cases against organized crime figures, but became best known for challenging the federal Abscam investigation.
According to the Times’ obituary:
“Mr. Del Tufo suggested that Mr. [Harrison] Williams had been entrapped by the F.B.I. On tape, the senator first said, ‘No, no, no, no,’ when an agent posing as a sheikh offered him a bribe — a claim Mr. Williams echoed in his unsuccessful appeals.”
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) issued a statement on the death of the former U.S. Attorney/Attorney General, who resided in her district.
“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Del Tufo. Throughout his career, Mr. Del Tufo repeatedly demonstrated strength of character that few possess, standing for his personal values against every kind of adversity. From furthering the battle against hate crimes, to tackling environmental violations, he leaves behind a path for others to follow.
“Mr. Del Tufo accomplished a great deal for our state, and I am grateful for his legacy. I pray for solace and comfort for his family at this difficult time.”