Trenton, N.J. — The New Jersey state Attorney General’s office yesterday asked that state’s Supreme Court to disavow or modify Opinion 33 of the court’s Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, an interpretation holding that it is improper for out-of-state attorneys to represent the state and other New Jersey governmental units when issuing bonds.

In an epic-length 107-minute debate, lawyers wrangled over how open New Jersey should be to representation by bond lawyers based outside of the Garden State.