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Stuart Rabner,  Attorney General

Stuart Rabner
Attorney General


Attorney General Stuart Rabner was sworn into office on September 26, 2006 after unanimous confirmation by the New Jersey State Senate. A career federal prosecutor, Rabner was serving as Governor Jon S. Corzine’s chief counsel since January 2006 when the Governor nominated him to head the 9,600-person Department of Law and Public Safety. “There are few people in my experience with the integrity, intelligence and commitment to excellence that Stu Rabner has demonstrated over the course of his career,’’ Governor Corzine said in nominating Rabner.

As the chief law enforcement officer in the state, Rabner oversees the Division of Criminal Justice, the New Jersey State Police, the Division of Consumer Affairs and the Division of Civil Rights, in addition to overseeing seven other agencies that are part of the department. He is also the chief legal representative to all other departments in state government through the Division of Law.

Rabner, 46, served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark from September 1986 to December 2005. He was chief of the criminal division when he left to join the Corzine administration. Previously, he was first assistant U.S. attorney, executive assistant U.S. attorney, chief of the terrorism unit, and deputy chief of the special prosecutions division. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania, Rabner supervised the U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation in New Jersey, working at a joint command post with federal, state and local enforcement officials.

Earlier in his career, Rabner was a lead attorney for the organized crime drug enforcement task force, prosecuting money laundering and drug trafficking cases.

Rabner’s federal career was notable for his prosecution of corrupt public officials, including former Hudson County Executive Robert Janiszewski in 2002 and former Somerset County Prosecutor Nicholas Bissell in 1996. In 2005, he prosecuted Hemant Lakhani, a British national who attempted to purchase shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles for terrorists. Lakhani was convicted after trial and sentenced to 47 years in prison.

Rabner grew up in Passaic and was graduated summa cum laude in 1982 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1985. He clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise from September 1985 to September 1986. Rabner is married and has three children.


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