Harvey sworn in as first black attorney general

July 10, 2003
Peter C. Harvey was sworn in Thursday as New Jersey's first black attorney general.
     Harvey, a former federal prosecutor, was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah Poritz at a ceremony at the Trenton War Memorial.
     "I want us to accomplish as much as we can, as quickly as we can, to make a difference in the lives of ordinary citizens," said Harvey, who served as acting attorney general for four months before being confirmed by the Senate in June.
     Harvey said counterterrorism and domestic security preparedness will be among his top priorities. He also plans to combat political corruption, street gangs, drug and weapons trafficking, organized crime, housing discrimination, predatory lending and consumer fraud.