Milgram stepping down as N.J. AG

John O'Brien Nov. 9, 2009, 5:13pm


TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram has decided she no longer wants to be the state's top legal official.

Milgram told Republican Governor-elect Chris Christie she doesn't want to keep her job when his administration takes over, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. In Tuesday's election, Corzine defeated incumbent Jon Corzine, the man who appointed Milgram to attorney general.

"She says she doesn't want to stay," Christie said Monday, the report says. "Someone who says they don't want to stay, I don't want to consider."

Milgram was named acting attorney general in 2005 when Zulima Farmer resigned. Corzine appointed Stuart Rabner to the post in 2006.

In 2007, Corzine appointed Rabner to the state Supreme Court and Milgram to succeed him.

Milgram is a former federal prosecutor and served as counsel to Corzine while he served in the U.S. Senate.

Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno, the lieutenant governor-elect, criticized Milgram in September for letters Milgram sent to three sheriff's departments cautioning them not to racially profile citizens when enforcing immigration laws.

"It is a sad day for law enforcement when its leader not only becomes politicized, but does so in a way that hurts the residents she is sworn to protect," Guadagno wrote, according to the Newark paper.

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