Gun safety advocates praise Murphy’s attorney general’s choice
Governor Phil Murphy’s appointment of Matt Platkin as attorney general has been hailed by gun safety advocates state and nationwide.
Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in a shooting in Parkland, Florida, said Platkin “will be a fighter to reduce gun violence.”
“This is another great move by the governor and New Jersey will be well served by Matt,” said Guttenberg, the founder of Orange Ribbons for Jaime, a national advocacy group.
Giffords, the group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, a shooting victim in Arizona, called Platkin’s nomination a “huge victory for the State of New Jersey and protection from gun violence.”
“We look forward to continuing our work with the Attorney General (Matt Platkin) to uphold the state’s strong gun safety laws and protect New Jerseyans from gun violence,” the group said. .
Kevin Quinn, the Brady campaign chairman, said he was “proud and thrilled that Governor Murphy has appointed Matt Platkin as Attorney General to build on his administration’s important work preventing gun violence and protecting New Jersey during his first term.
“Platkin is knowledgeable and steadfast in his commitment to preventing gun violence, including working with neighboring states to address the flow of illegal firearms into our state,” he said. “He will be ready to get to work on day one and be an effective champion in the fight to end gun violence in New Jersey.”
Murphy’s former senior gun adviser, Bill Castner, called Platkin a “brilliant, ethical and bold lawyer.”
“He loves this state, is a natural leader, and is on a mission to effect change, including helping (Governor Murphy) lead the country on gun safety,” said Castner, a former Chief Counsel for Governor Jon Corzine. “Jersey loves a fighter and will love Matt Platkin as an AG.”
Theresa Turner of the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action called Platkin “a fierce advocate for gun violence prevention when he was chief attorney.”
“We are thrilled that Governor Murphy has chosen him to continue serving his state and advocating for the safety of the people of New Jersey,” she said. “As gun violence continues to devastate our communities, it’s more important than ever to have experienced leaders leading our statewide efforts.”
Turner also paid tribute to Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck “for his dedication to gun safety.”