Governor Murphy Nominates John Jay Hoffman To Serve On The New Jersey Supreme Court

Governor Phil Murphy today announced his intention to nominate John Jay Hoffman to the New Jersey Supreme Court to fill the seat of Associate Justice Lee A. Solomon, who reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 on August 17, 2024. The nomination will first be sent to the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee for approval. The Governor will then proceed with a formal nomination, subject to advice and consent in the Senate.

Hoffman has dedicated the vast majority of his professional career to public service at both the state and federal levels. After spending two years as an associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. in Washington D.C., Hoffman joined the Department of Justice in 1996 as a trial attorney in the Civil Division. Over the next eight years, Hoffman focused on breach of contract litigation involving the savings and loan industry, and argued five appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In 2004, Hoffman became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, focusing on both violent and white-collar crime.

In 2010, Hoffman joined the New Jersey State Comptroller’s Office to serve as Director of Investigations, where he led a division that investigated and reported on issues of local and state government fraud, abuse, waste, and corruption. Two years later, he joined the Department of Law and Public Safety, joining Attorney General Jeff Chiesa’s senior staff and assuming the role of Executive Assistant Attorney General. In 2013, Governor Christie selected Hoffman to succeed Attorney General Chiesa to serve as the state’s chief law enforcement officer.

As Acting Attorney General, Hoffman led efforts to equip police with body-worn cameras as well as establish a new policy directive on officer-involved shootings. He also enhanced the Prescription Monitoring Program to suppress the misuse of prescription medications and launched the opiate antidote Narcan program to law enforcement agencies statewide resulting in nearly 3,000 overdose reversals. He served in this role for nearly three years, making him the longest-serving Attorney General of the Christie Administration.

In 2016, Hoffman left the Christie Administration and was appointed General Counsel of Rutgers University. In this role, he serves as the Chief Legal Officer for the state’s flagship university, which has a budget of $5 billion and is comprised of over 90,000 students, faculty, and staff. Hoffman advises the governing boards and university leadership on a variety of legal, policy, and business issues, including litigation, internal investigations, and transactions.

Hoffman graduated from Colgate University and obtained his law degree from the Duke University School of Law. After graduating, he served as a law clerk to Judge Al Engel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

A New Jersey native, Hoffman was raised in Middlesex County where his exposure to the practice of law began at an early age from his father, a renowned attorney and longtime senior partner at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

Hoffman currently resides in Marlton with his wife Mary Jude and their two children, Johnny and Maggie.

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