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Murphy names Grewal assistant Bruck to be NJ’s acting AG

June 30, 2021 GMT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A current assistant attorney general who once worked for the U.S. Justice Department will be New Jersey’s acting attorney general starting next month, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday.

First Assistant Attorney General Andrew Bruck will fill the role now held by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on an acting basis beginning in July. Grewal is stepping down to become the head of the enforcement division at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Murphy said in a statement that Bruck will be the first LGBTQ person to serve as the state’s attorney general.

“Andrew’s wealth of experience will serve him well in this role and his historic appointment reflects our continuing commitment to ensuring that our state government reflects the rich diversity of our people,” Murphy said.

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Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Bruck served for five years at the U.S. Justice Department, working as an assistant U.S. Attorney in New Jersey and before that in the office of the deputy attorney general. He worked in private practice at the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

He’s a graduate of Princeton and Stanford Law School.