Platkin confirmed as attorney general

Matt Platkin was confirmed Thursday as the 62nd attorney general of New Jersey in a 24-10 vote in the state Senate.

Platkin, who formerly served as chief counsel to Gov. Phil Murphy, was nominated by Murphy for the role of attorney general on Feb. 3. He has been acting attorney general since Feb. 14.

Murphy praised Platkin on Twitter, shortly after the vote.

“I know Matt will work tirelessly to end gun violence, strengthen trust between law enforcement and the public and stand up for the people of our state,” he tweeted.

Parimal Garg, the governor’s current chief counsel, also praised the vote, tweeting:

“Grateful to the Senate for their bipartisan confirmation of Matt Platkin as attorney general. I know he will continue to enforce the law fairly and even-handedly as New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer and stand up for the rights of all residents of the state.”

The confirmation of Platkin, 35, has been expected. Three Republicans joined 21 Democrats in voting “Yes.”