April 21, 2016
John C. Rafferty Jr. Age: 63 Residence: Audubon, Montgomery County. Family: Single, no children. Occupation: State senator, 44th District. Campaign website: raffertyforag.com Education: bachelor's degree, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; master's degree, Beaver College; law degree, Temple University. Career: Lawyer; deputy attorney general prosecuting Medicaid fraud, 1988 to 1991; state senator, 2003-present. Joseph C. Peters Age: 58 Residence: Lake Winola, Wyoming County.
August 3, 2016 |
The state Senate confirmed Christopher Porrino as New Jersey's attorney general Monday. Gov. Christie had nominated him in June. After a hearing that touched on Porrino's role in the Bridgegate investigation and the controversial multimillion-dollar environmental settlement with ExxonMobil, the Judiciary Committee recommended his approval. The full Senate then voted, 37-0, to confirm him. Porrino was Christie's chief counsel from Jan. 8, 2014, the day the George Washington Bridge lane-closing controversy broke, until July 2015, when he returned to private practice.
June 19, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Election Day may be 17 months away, but the race for attorney general is on. With an embattled incumbent in office, the 2016 field of candidates could become crowded, political observers say. At least two Republicans and one Democrat are eyeing a run for the office now held by Kathleen G. Kane. "There's a strong perception that this is a seat that is fairly open, given the attorney general's struggles over the last few years," said Christopher Borick, a political science professor at Muhlenberg College.
March 11, 2015 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie should nominate an attorney general to be confirmed by the Senate, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday, arguing that process was key to preserving the independence of the office. Sweeney's remarks came as the attorney general's and governor's offices have come under scrutiny for settling a pollution case with ExxonMobil Corp. for $225 million after prosecutors had sought an $8.9 billion judgment at trial last year. A former commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection contended last week that Christie's chief counsel, Christopher Porrino, had "elbowed aside" the acting attorney general and pushed for the settlement.
September 1, 2014 |
A special prosecutor is investigating whether the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked confidential grand jury material to a newspaper in a bid to strike back at former prosecutors in the office who had been critical of her, according to several people familiar with the matter. The special prosecutor has issued several subpoenas to Kane's office and others to explore how secret records became public this year about a 2009 investigation by the Attorney General's Office involving Philadelphia political activist J. Whyatt Mondesire, the sources said.
June 11, 2012 |
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's appointment of federal prosecutors to investigate intelligence leaks on cyberattacks and drone strikes is a good start for a probe that must be kept nonpartisan, two key lawmakers said. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who leads the Select Committee on Intelligence, and Representative Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who heads a similarly named House panel, discussed the leaks and Holder's decision Sunday during an interview on CBS's Face the Nation.
April 12, 2016
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane won election resoundingly four years ago, as well as the Inquirer's endorsement, promising to be a "prosecutor, not a politician. " She proved to be not much of either, botching a series of high-profile corruption cases and the ensuing political controversies. Having narrowly survived a justified effort to remove her from office, Kane is ending her term on the wrong end of a criminal prosecution, charged with violating grand jury secrecy to smear a rival.
February 20, 2016
By Art Haywood After the Pennsylvania Senate voted not to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane last week, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati was quoted as saying "this circus continues. " Indeed, the circus of criminal proceedings, porn emails, and media distraction from pressing issues like raising our state's minimum wage has not ended. The Senate had no power to end that circus. I served on the Senate special committee that heard testimony and received evidence related to the removal of the attorney general on the basis of a specific question.
February 6, 2016 |
TRENTON - John J. Hoffman, who has served as New Jersey's acting attorney general for more than two years, will leave the Christie administration in March to become senior vice president and general counsel at Rutgers University. The school's president, Robert L. Barchi, said Thursday that he was "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. " Hoffman, 50, is scheduled to begin at Rutgers on March 14, Barchi said.