The New Jersey U.S. Attorney was sworn in today before 400 people including Attorney General Eric Holder and state dignitaries, the NBC New York Web site reported.
Some of the notable New Jerseyans, who were in attendance according to the news Web site, include:
-Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who administered the oath.
-Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)
-Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
-Gov. Jon Corzine.
-Gov.-elect Chris Christie, who was the George W. Bush U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.
-Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who served as New Jersey U.S. Attorney under President George H.W. Bush.
-New Jersey FBI Director Weysan Dun.
Holder said Fishman will be one of his top advisers, according to NBC New York. In October, the Attorney General tapped Fishman to be on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys, a body that serves as the voice of the U.S. Attorneys at Justice Department headquarters in Washington.
“I will rely on a man I trust,” Holder said at the ceremony, according to the news Web site.
Fishman officially took the helm of the U.S. Attorney’s office in October, shortly after he won Senate confirmation. He replaced acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra, who is under investigation by the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility.
OPR is probing Marra over remarks he made this summer that could have aided Christie’s campaign for governor. The comments were about a July sting, which netted more than 40 defendants. Corzine and Christie both used investigation to show their anti-corruption credentials during the heated race for governor.
Fishman said he would make sure his office is fair and ethical. He added that his office would also fight gang crime and terrorism, according to the NBC news Web site.