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Peter G. Verniero
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  Peter G. Verniero was born in Montclair, New Jersey on April 30, 1959. He attended public schools and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drew University in 1981. He graduated with honors from Duke University School of Law in 1984, the same year he was admitted to the New Jersey Bar. From 1985 to 1987, Verniero was an associate in the law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch.
  Verniero served as Chief Counsel to Governor Christie Todd Whitman from January 1994 through February 1995, and then as Chief of Staff to the Governor, the position he held at the time of his nomination to head the Department of Law and Public Safety. Verniero was sworn in as Attorney General on July 10, 1996, replacing Deborah T. Poritz, who was appointed Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He was reappointed in January 1998 as Governor Whitman began her second term.
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